Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The racial politics of the Huntsville City Schools Pinnacle Policy

The motto of Huntsville City Schools  used to be Education is the Hope of the Republic, with the dismantling of the Fletcher Seldon Center and other radical changes, this motto is no longer true for black/brown/poor and special education students because the superintendent,  enabled by the school board, is destroying  any hope for the future of our republic, choosing to fuel the cradle the prison pipeline instead.

One of the many, many, things wrong with the Pinnacle Policy is the denial of students right to equal protection under the  law and due process.  I turn the floor over to The Mertz Center Monitor.
So, kids, the bottom line is this. Don’t fight on school property. If you fight there, you could find yourself living in a teepee for a year — or maybe longer. You won’t have legal counsel (“Ordinarily no attorney will be present in an advisory capacity for the expulsion hearing”), which you are provided in juvenile court. Unless you do someone an obvious serious physical injury, if you fight away from school, and get arrested, and the case isn’t diverted from the courts, and you are found guilty or enter a consent agreement, likely you’ll end up with six months probation. Shipped off without legal counsel to a teepee for “however long it takes” — that, kids, is scary, very scary.
It is very scary indeed, especially for the parents of poor/black and brown students  who are given the choice of expulsion, or sending their child to a private, "Therapeutic" facility  for fighting on school property. A fight we would never have known about if it hadn't be recorded on a cellphone and posted on the WHNT TV website.  For the record, I don't condone fighting by anyone, anytime, any place. My question is, where were the school resource officers/administrators/teachers while this fight was going on? Adult supervision is required so students don't have the opportunity to fight.

It is a documented, historical, fact  Huntsville City Schools are still racially inequitable.
The investigation further found that the city's predominantly black schools reported significantly more discipline issues.
Ed White Middle reported 1,115 disciplinary actions compared to the predominantly white Hampton Cove Middle School's 285, according to the investigation.
Even kindergartners were being suspended as forms of discipline in black elementary schools. At Montview Elementary School three students were suspended, two on multiple occasions, and at University Place Elementary, seven students were suspended a total of nine times.
There are some who say it's the parent's fault, and/or, black students are natural born thugs.  Unfortunately, these are the voices the Superintendent and the majority of the School Board pander to and listen to.
Casey you have to break the mold and prove you're not afraid of minorities, democrats, liberals, aclu types and the entire entitlement crowd! Do that, and you'll be doing the job you were hired to do! Oh yeah, not to mention striking down all racial transfers. And that includes allowing not allowing whites to racially transfer either. If you don't like where your child goes to school, move to where they can be zoned into a school of your preference, that's what I had to do!
None dare calls it racism but that is exactly what it IS.

Today's Must Read
The Poor as Politically Expendable

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