Whenever the idea of neighborhood schools is floated, the progressive community gets all up in arms about the resegregation of the Boston Public Schools.
News Flash: resegregation has already been accomplished. White people have voted and continue to vote with their feet. White people have abandoned the Boston Public Schools. Boston is 54% white, while the Boston Public Schools are 15% white.
I’m not interested in trying to lure these white people back. I’m interested in providing the best education for the students who remain. And the bottom line for me is this: in a time of tight budgets, it’s unconscionable to lay off teachers and librarians while keeping bus drivers.
Which BPS employees are making the biggest difference in the lives of students? Would a kid in an underperforming school benefit more from an extra teacher and a smaller class or from a longer bus ride?
It’s time to stop trying to fix racism on the backs of BPS students. Racism won. This is an ugly, despicable fact, but a fact nonetheless, and we need to focus on how to best serve the students we have. We’re not going to do this by ensuring they can take a bus ride to an understaffed school.