Thursday, December 17, 2009

The mercy of the court

CPS under Daley/Duncan, fought the courts for years to nullify the deseg agreement that held the district accountable for ending racial segregation. Now that they've won that battle, claiming they've done all they can do, current CEO Huberman tells the community that he's bound by the same courts from talking about race.

All this reminds me of the guy who murdered his parents and then threw himself on the mercy of the court claiming he was an orphan.

The worst part of Huberman's current retreat from school desegregation is his new admissions policies to the city's elite magnet schools, schools which were established with federal deseg funding specifically for deseg purposes. But angry community protests may force him to back away from his new plan.

Don Moore from the reform group Designs for Change, sums it up in a recent press release:
"The proposed policy will turn most of Chicago's magnet schools into neighborhood schools that are segregated by race and by income. Most schools
located in predominantly white neighborhoods are now racially diverse. They will become almost entirely white."

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