Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Project of the day

Read everything you’d ever want to know about busing. Comments welcome.

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[Permalink] 1. Michelle wrote @ Tue, 13 May 2008, 6:14 pm CDT:

In Austin, they ended busing for desegration in 1989—the year I entered high school. I was still bused to a school 10 miles away from home, however, and not to the nearest high school. It was an odd form of busing kids in a poor, predominately minority neighborhood to a farther away high school in an even poorer, more minority neighborhood. That year, they also opened a magnet school at that high school to replace the busing. According to Texas Education Agency records (if I can recall them correctly from the last time I looked them up), my high school was roughly 1/3 white, 1/3 black, and 1/3 latino. The freshman class always had 800+ students, while the seniors numbered ~200 (including the ~60 magnet kids). A few years later, they moved the magnet to another high school and shortly thereafter, the proportion of white students was less than 5%. Even when I attended, I recall trash bins in the hallways on rainy days to catch rainwater. The only classrooms with computers were the magnet rooms—I can only guess that after the magnet left, so did even those resources. They had a new principal every year for a few years, and most recently the TEA threatened to close the school for poor performance. Overall, I’m not sure that I’d say the Austin schools post-no-busing really are “unified” and have even distribution of resources. My impression is that the ‘white’ schools have much better prepared faculties (more experienced) and better resources.

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