Elementary school consolidation - an idea whose time has come?
Original post made by peter carpenter, Atherton: Lindenwood, on May 11, 2011
Before casting his vote, Mayor Rich Cline called the need for better education immediate, and suggested the city should take a look at consolidating the Ravenswood and Menlo Park City School districts.
"We should not have multiple school districts in this city," he said. "There should be one; our kids should be in the same schools."
I know that this is politically incorrect, but it is sad to see the continuing segregation of our elementary schools. Feel free to call my comments 'awful' and 'incendiary', but be honest enough to recognize the increasing segregation in our local schools.
Here are some of the facts:
Los Lomita Elementary K-8
% minority 29.5
Menlo Park Elementary K-8
% minority 32.1
Ravenswood City Elementary K-8
% minority 99.0
Racial segregation of children in our elementary schools even if based on the wealth, or lack thereof, of their parents is both illegal and immoral. This is an injustice that begs for both recognition and remedy - why the silence? Or do we save our outrage for injustices which don't benefit ourselves?
The answer is to consolidate all three local elementary school districts - providing equal education regardless of race or income level and with all of us sharing the responsibility and the burden.
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