Group led by ex-Scott coach wants levy defeated
While I applaud the overall goal of drastically improving the quality of education at an inner city school...and advocating the defeat of a stifling fiscally-irresponsible levy, there are things in this article that really make me ask "WTF" on both sides:
1.) [Williams plans to] ask TPS students to stay home Friday when a head count is taken to determine state funding.
I see one poster on the Blade website already beat me to it: the ONE DAY the state uses to determine funding levels is the day you're going to hold kids out of school? So you get less money? What?
2.) _In a statement, the group said it wants to see "a nationwide search begin immediately for a dynamic, black male principal that will be a leader in the pursuit of academic excellence."
No no no. Cannot have it both ways. I don't give a good hoot 'n' holler if Scott has been a predominantly African American school for the last 50 years--in 2010, you cannot put out a sign that basically says "Only blacks need apply". It wasn't right 50 years ago when whites did it to blacks and it isn't right now. What if the most dynamic principal you find is of Indian or Hispanic descent? What if that person is (horrors) a Caucasian? Or what about a dynamic black FEMALE principal? What is this guy smoking? I understand about having role models, but demanding that people in leadership positions are a certain color is AGAINST every piece of racial equality legislation on the books. And they should know better.
Or maybe the bigger question is, what if Bowsher put it out there that they were looking for a dynamic white principal? You think Jesse, Al, and Floyd Rose would be in the city leading the marches for "justice"? You bet your ass they would.
3.) _Bob Vasquez, president of the school board, was critical of the group for urging students to stay home from school for even a day. "That's using the children and their welfare to get their point across," Mr. Vasquez said, adding he didn't think the group has a point._
Hmmmmmmm....let's see: your customers coming to you en masse to say the level of education at one of your outlets is not at a standard necessary for future opportunity--and the response from the president of the school board is basically "go f#&k yourself". You're pointless." Yep, that's exactly the way any competitive business would handle its customers. I'm sure if this group was for the levy, the response would have been a little better.
Wonder why students are leaving in droves? Take a good, long, hard look at this article and you will see all the pieces of the puzzle laid out before you.