For Duncan, the civil rights issue was that black elementary and high school students are disciplined at a higher rate than whites. His evidence for discrimination is that blacks are three and a half times more likely to be suspended or expelled than their white peers. Duncan and his Obama administration supporters conveniently...
In the schools local to me, there is very little of the "sectioning off" Mag 14 wrote about. The current thinking is to keep everyone mixed together in the classroom. It was better (educationally, if not socially) for nearly all of the children when they were "sectioned off." As to what Scrap Iron was talking about, (the removal of those who don't want to learn) that is a completely different category than learning disabled and gifted. The learning disabled and the gifted want to learn. It is totally unfair to those who want to learn when they are roomed together with those whose only goal is classroom disruption.
If I were a Klansman, wanting to sabotage black education, I couldn't find better allies than education establishment liberals and officials in the Obama administration, especially Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who in March 2010 announced that his department was "going to reinvigorate civil rights enforcement."
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