Friday, January 27, 2006

The administrators' reasons why not

U.S. District Judge U.W. Clemon thinks school systems like Birmingham and Bessemer, which he calls "predominantly black and demonstrably inferior," should merge into the more diverse Jefferson County system to improve their students' performance.

No matter how you feel about the idea, a whole host of reasons -- logistics, economics, community opposition -- make such a union unlikely any time soon, according to today's Birmingham News.

One Birmingham school board member weighed in with a negative view of the proposal: "We're still going to have the same poor children. The economy is not going to change for them because they're in a different school system."


Blogger Newspaper Hack said...

They tried to do that in Richmond, Va. in order to integrate the schools (all the whites moved to Henrico and Chesterfield counties). Not only did it register strong opposition from the better-off, white, families, it lost in the Supreme Court on a 4-4 deadlock (the guy who recused himself had been chairman of the Richmond school board when it fought against implementing Brown in the '50s). I doubt it would survive in Birmingham, either.

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