Friday, June 29, 2007

Geography Doesn't Equal Segregation

"Racial segregation is characterized by separation of different races in daily life, such as eating in a restaurant, drinking from a water fountain, using a rest room, attending school, going to the movies, or in the rental or purchase of a home." (source)

Sending a child to a school in their district wouldn't even count as "de facto segregation". I have never agreed with the concept of busing kids around to maintain some quota of what the racial makeup of a school 'should be'.

Many people move when their children reach school age and endure higher property/school taxes specifically so their children will attend the schools in that district. The idea that property taxes in my neighborhood could be upwards of $3,600 and my kid will get bused to the school where the parents pay $900 and their kid takes the slot at my school? How is that fair?

Thankfully the majority of the Supreme Court agreed with me:

"A bitterly divided U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday issued what is likely to be a landmark opinion -- ruling that race cannot be a factor in the assignment of children to public schools.

The court struck down public school choice plans in Seattle, Washington, and Louisville, Kentucky, concluding they relied on an unconstitutional use of racial criteria, with the 5-4 vote reflecting the deep legal and social divide over the issue of race and education.

Similar plans already in place or being proposed across the country could be in danger as a result of the ruling, which would sharply limit the power of local governments to achieve diversity using race-based criteria.

A conservative majority led by Chief Justice John Roberts said other means besides race considerations should be used to achieve diversity in schools.

"The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race," Roberts wrote." (source)

Maybe it's just me, but I don't get how going to your neighborhood school amounts to racism.

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