In wake of ruling, FWCS maintains commitment to racial balance
By Karen FranciscoA year ago the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to strike down voluntary integration programs used in
But Evert Mol, a consistent critic of FWCS’ achievement record and leader of the successful effort to kill the district’s long-term building plan, is now raising questions about the school’s unique Racial Balance Fund, the foundation of its magnet program and one of the underpinnings of its integration plan. In the Code Blue Schools blog that he has continued since the remonstrance battle ended last July, Mol questioned recently why money diverted from the district’s capital projects fund to the Racial Balance Fund shouldn’t be restored and used on building improvements.
Amy Stuart Wells, professor of sociology and education at Teachers College at
Stuart Wells said the mixed findings on integration are primarily on short-term reading and math scores – the very data that Mol demands. The long-term evidence of not addressing segregation far outweighs it. In a friend of the court brief filed in the
Stuart Wells notes that students in a diverse school district will have the advantage in the years ahead. The global community demands a workforce comfortable with people of all races and creeds, she said. And while she believes it is a moral imperative to provide equal opportunity, Stuart Wells also points out that there is a financial reason, as well. “There’s this huge cost to society with an inadequate education,” she said. “You pay for it in the long run in terms of lost earnings when kids don’t get the education they need
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