Race Separating Brother and Sister in Polk Schools?

Chase Cain, 10 News (Bartow), August 17, 2011

Is race keeping a brother and sister from attending the same school? That’s the question facing the Polk County School Board.

The students’ parents have been fighting for weeks to get their kids in the same magnet school. For the family, it’s not about race. They say it’s simply about keeping the family together. However, school officials say it’s more complicated than that.

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Rising first grader Trip and soon-to-be kindergartener Katie should attend the same school under normal county policy. However, now that Trip has gotten into the top-notch magnet school Lincoln Avenue Academy, a technicality means Katie can’t go with him.

The issue is that Trip wasn’t enrolled in Lincoln Avenue last school year and rising kindergarteners can only attend the same school if their older sibling was enrolled the previous year. It’s a loophole that doesn’t affect many students, but it has the McLaughlins upset.

Polk County School Board Chair Kay Fields told 10 News, “To me, diversity is just as important as family, in my opinion. You look at Lincoln Academy. Lincoln Academy is in a black community. So, to me, that’s important. That’s a part of diversity, and I think we have to look at all of it.”

Polk County magnet schools get federal money, in part, because they were designed to be racially diverse, and school officials say extending sibling preference beyond the current standards could cut into that necessary diversity by reducing the number of spaces available for minority students.

School official Carol Bridges told the board, “We continue to be scrutinized by the Office of Civil Rights and the Department of Justice to make sure we maintain that value [of diversity].”

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Any changes to Polk County policies could trigger a review from the Department of Justice and the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

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  • Spartan24

    What a pain! Its gotten to where kids can’t go to neighborhood schools any more due to “diversity” This is just another reason to homeschool or place your kids in private school. I learned years ago that “magnet school” is code for “failing black school given special classes to attract smart white kids” don’t even bother.

  • Anonymous

    After this much wrangling with school officials, the children would both be better off in a different school. As for their parents, why do they want their children in a predominately black school in the first place? Are they flaming liberals or are they just stupid? No amount of top-notch classes can make up for the general chaos that makes learning so hard for white children in a roomful of black children. White children in kindergarten and first grade don’t need top-notch classes nearly as much as they need safety from bigger, stronger classmates, and the classmates older siblings, and even parents. White children need to be safe, and that means separated from blacks–all blacks.

  • Anonymous

    “To me, diversity is just as important as family, in my opinion…”

    Anyone who makes such a statement is beyond help. To try to reason with someone like this is insanity.

    Nothing trumps family. Nothing.

  • Roberto Ramogida

    Sounds like this child being excluded is a good thing. I’m not sure why anyone would want to have their white child go to a “diverse” school. They ought to send both siblings somewhere else.

  • Spartan24

    I went to a “diverse” school for my freshman year of high school. It was horrible- I had three jackets and a necklace stolen as well as having to dodge garbage and avoid “no go zones”. I couldnt imagine being in kindergarten having to deal with this sort of thing. I have to cut the parents some slack- they probably have been fed the diversity line from the time they were kids. Bottom line- keep your kids out of any school with the name “academy” or “magnet” in the title. These are just ways of attracting unsuspecting parents. My parents had to drive an extra half hour twice a day to get me to school or I had to take a nearly 2 hour bus trip with out of control blacks.

  • Anonymous

    News flash to the School Board:

    Race is Family–extended Family. Any unbiased genetic study proves this conclusively.

    From their beginnings, Marxists knew they had to destroy all concepts of family, race, nation, history, and God. And race was number one on their agenda.

    If you are not willing to defend your race, you have no right to call yourself conservative. Give up on your race, and there won’t be anything else worth defending.

  • rockman

    I went to a diverse junior college and the black students had part of the student union where whites were not allowed. Nothing was done about it. Going to a four year school they imported blacks from New York who walked around in large groups hassling gays and weak looking white students. In graduate school the Mexicans protested cuts in la Raza studies by attacking incoming freshmen with pipes and knives. Police were very slow to respond at all to the attacks. And so on down the line. Why is it that whites have to take this stuff with out fighting back. Small Asian girls in college came running up to me being chased by huge black women who did not challenge me but threatened the smaller foreign students with physical harm. They wanted money it seems. In the student loan office black students threatened to get guns and come back unless they got money. The stories are many the actions taken by the college authorities are nil.

  • WR the elder

    Diversity (i.e., “fewer whites”) is the most pernicious doctrine ever to infect the Western world.

  • Howard W. Campbell

    In the large metropolitan area down the road, the school district is full of these “magnet” schools and they still implode when it comes to standardized testing. This is nothing more than a way of getting reasonably smart White kids in to cover testing gaps. They attempt to use “White Guilt” to try to extract kids out of private schools. I say, junior’s well being is more important than trying to please people who will NEVER be satisfied.

    Instead of worrying about diversity, I have an inverse type of story. My cousin used to work with a black woman who was [email protected] bent on getting her kids out of an inner city school and to an all-White school in another county. This woman, who we will call Carolyn, was married to Donald and they had 2 young daughters. Carolyn worked in the mortgage department of a bank and Donald was a courier for a package company. Carolyn and Donald may not have been in the talented 10th, but they sounded like they were definitely in the top 1/5th. When Donald’s grandmother died, they had the opportunity to live in her house rent free for two years (it was actually paid for). Donald’s mother could not bring herself to sell the house to someone outside the family and leaned on this couple to buy it. Carolyn said that they would pay utilities, taxes and put in all new appliances and some repairs when they left. After moving out of their apartment to this house, both realized that not buying grandma’s house was a wise decision. Carolyn was smart enough to mandate that a portion of their salaries equal to 2 times the apartment rent go into a down payment fund. For this two year period, they had to use multiple excuses and create subterfuge to ward off a bunch of derelict neighbors while trying to get their bills paid off and credit score from ok to sterling. As you can imagine, this wore on this couple. Carolyn was also one of the few parents who would attend PTA meetings, read to her daughters, etc. About a week before the oldest daughter finished first grade, she overheard Donald and Carolyn talking about the house they found in the next county and that they would be moving soon. She brought this up at school, the teacher overheard it and that evening the assistant principal visited to beg and plead with them not to move. He threw up the “you are needed in this community” and “your moving will hurt other kids” guilt trip cards to no avail. Finally in exasperation and to get rid of him, Carolyn told the asst. principal that they had already closed on the new house (this would not actually occur for another 3 weeks).

    If the McLaughlin’s were wise, they would be trying to do the same for their kids. Diversity can go out the window. A small percentage of blacks can succeed at white schools, but the number is never enough to satisfy the quota queens.

  • Michelle

    My kid goes to a school that’s 80 percent minority but the school has high test scores and very almost no discipline problems. In fact, the non-whites have higher test scores and fewer discipline problems than the white kids.

    There’s only ONE way to get a successful school with diversity and non-whites.

    If you haven’t figured out the secret to how a non-white school can be successful, here it is.

    My kid is white but he goes to school with mostly Asians. Not a Black or Hispanic in sight. Just a bunch of smart Chinese and Korean kids with a few whites sprinkled in.

    The recipe for success.

  • white is right, black is whack

    3 — Anonymous wrote at 10:52 PM on August 19:

    “To me, diversity is just as important as family, in my opinion…”

    Anyone who makes such a statement is beyond help. To try to reason with someone like this is insanity.

    Nothing trumps family. Nothing.

    The problem is these insane people are in positions of power and can force you and me–until the majority of people–rise up and stand up to these people.

  • Anonymous

    “the school district is full of these “magnet” schools and they still implode when it comes to standardized testing. This is nothing more than a way of getting reasonably smart White kids in to cover testing gaps. They attempt to use “White Guilt” to try to extract kids out of private schools”.

    In large cities magnet schools have millions of dollars allocated to public relations, advertising, to ‘sell’ the schools.

  • Frank

    Let Obama’s people take care of this. U. S. The Dept. of Education will take care of it. Translation: They will do what pleases Blacks.

  • ATBOTL

    “My kid goes to a school that’s 80 percent minority but the school has high test scores and very almost no discipline problems. In fact, the non-whites have higher test scores and fewer discipline problems than the white kids.

    There’s only ONE way to get a successful school with diversity and non-whites.

    If you haven’t figured out the secret to how a non-white school can be successful, here it is.

    My kid is white but he goes to school with mostly Asians. Not a Black or Hispanic in sight. Just a bunch of smart Chinese and Korean kids with a few whites sprinkled in.

    The recipe for success.”

    If that’s what you want, you should emigrate to Asia.

  • Anonymous

    Classic tactic: divide and conquer. Right down to the smallest units, and especially the most important ones.

    One more step in the march of the genocide of whites.