Susan Wehling made several good points Tuesday, including an invitation for CUEE to put their children where their mouth is, like she already has.
Hi, I’m a parent, and I have three kids in school right now; one just graduated.
First of all, CUEE sent me flyers… to insult my schools….
That was very hurtful for my children to read those flyers
telling them how bad my schools are.
My schools are not bad, and I’m very upset about that.
People ask me: why do the NAACP and the SCLC oppose school consolidation?
Well, here’s some recent research that backs up their position, followed
by their positions.
My summary: because it caused great damage last time, and this time would be no different.
…the review of research evidence detailed in this brief suggests that
a century of consolidation has already produced most of the efficiencies
obtainable. Research also suggests that impoverished regions in particular
often benefit from smaller schools and districts, and they can suffer
irreversible damage if consolidation occurs.
This was the forum that was the day after the VBOE meeting that drew 400 people
because of Superintendent Cason’s decision about President Obama’s speech.
Very few of those 400 people showed up at the forum to ask questions of their
likely school board members.
Maybe more people should take an interest in who is going to represent them on their school board.
Tonight I went to the VBOE meeting and delivered the offical NAACP letter
stating our branch’s opposition to consolidation. I asked Chairman Warren
Lee if he would discuss with VBOE attorney Gary Moser and let me know
whether they are “allowed” to take a position on this. The reason I
asked this is because one of my friends says that Dr. Cason told her
that “they are not allowed” to take a position on this. To my mind,
employees might not be able to take a position, but elected officials
representing voters ought to clearly state their position on an issue
as important as school consolidation.
In response to the person exclaiming about the situation in the sixties:
What many of our members recall vividly from that period of time is how
black teachers and black principals were fired or demoted, some even went
to work as custodians. Our members and their families all experienced
this to some degree. Right now, Valdosta City Schools probably has fewer
black administrators that at any time since integration. We have taken
complaints whereby black professionals were passed over for promotion
or demoted or denied a position which was given to white candidates
with less experience, fewer credentials, and even in one instance, an
incomplete employment application. These stories are profound and leave
lasting impressions which cannot be ignored. It is very impolite for
the majority to tell the minority how to feel about this. Integration,
as Dr. George has clearly explained, did not solve all problems.
Our members have valid reasons for feeling the way we do, we feel
that the rights of all children to achieve are also interwoven with
the rights of all education professionals to be treated with equality
and fairness. Since we are having to fight so hard for equality and
representation in Valdosta City Schools, where we have several Board
members who represent minority districts, and a black Chairman, it is
impossible for us to believe that becoming even more of a minority in a
consolidated system will be beneficial. The struggles have been lengthy,
expensive, and emotional, and they continue today.