US Schools Bring Back Segregated Classrooms

Dec 1, 2023

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A Chicago-area school district is trying to boost academic achievement by only offering black and Latino students classes segregated by their race, the Washington Stand reported Wednesday.

These classes are described as “affinity” classes and aim to reduce the achievement gap by making students from racial minorities feel more comfortable. “Our black students are, for lack of a better word … at the bottom, consistently still. And they are being outperformed consistently,” the local area school board VP Monique Parsons said of the situation.

Instead of offering extra tutoring, funding for the schools, parental engagement programs, or other types of interventions that have a proven track record for success, the school board decided to segregate the students. (LEARN MORE: Homeschooling Up 78% In Democrat-Run State As Students Fail Basic Standards)

Chicago Is Not Alone

San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Oakland, all left-leaning political strongholds, have offered segregated classes to specific high schools since at least 2015, the Washington Stand continued. Federal law prohibits these actions, but many schools have made the classes voluntary to avoid getting caught in the legal loophole. (LEARN MORE: Universal School Choice Enacted In 10th State. What Does This Mean For You?)

“We would all agree that it would be wrong if white people were looking to create spaces where everyone was white, but somehow the calculation is supposed to be different if black or brown people want to create spaces where no one is white,” FRC senior fellow Joseph Backholm told the outlet.

Community Keeps Us Going

The government may think your child’s life and education career are best conducted under their rule, but we know that parents should always come first. There are entire cities where public schools can’t educate one student to math proficiency — do you want this for your child’s experience?

You can tell your local, state, and federally elected officials how you want your public schools to look today. Sign up for www.millionvoices.org today (text MV to 80550). We’ll ensure your voice is heard. Our mission is to ensure the voice of voters and taxpayers is turned into action, and your elected officials are held responsible for their actions.

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