As Parents Get More Choice, S.F. Schools Resegregate

Jeremy Adam Smith, San Francisco Public Press, February 2, 2015

Each January, parents across San Francisco rank their preferences for public schools. By June, most get their children into their first choices, and almost three-quarters get one of their choices.

A majority of families may be satisfied with the outcome, but the student assignment system is failing to meet its No. 1 goal, which the San Francisco Unified School District has struggled to achieve since the 1960s: classroom diversity.

Since 2010, the year before the current policy went into effect, the number of San Francisco’s 115 public schools dominated by one race has climbed significantly. Six in 10 have simple majorities of one racial group. In almost one-fourth, 60 percent or more of the students belong to one racial group, which administrators say makes them “racially isolated.” That described 28 schools in 2013–2014, up from 23 in 2010–2011, according to the district.

But the San Francisco Public Press has found the problem may be even more stark: If Asian and Filipino students are counted together–the standard used by the Census–together the number of racially isolated schools in the last school year rose to 39.

The drive toward racial isolation in the district parallels a larger trend in the city: With many wealthier families opting for private alternatives, the public school system is becoming racially and economically isolated from the city as a whole.

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How did this resegregation of schools happen in a city where almost everyone from district leaders to parents supports the ideal of diversity?

Dramatic income inequality, shifting demographics, rising housing costs and the proliferation of language programs are fueling the trend. But the biggest culprit, say outside researchers and local education leaders, is the feature that defines the student assignment system: school choice.

The district provides parents with a dizzying amount of information about the schools. The application process requires time, language skills and access to technology–advantages that often come with education and financial resources. “Choice is inherently inequitable,” San Francisco Board of Education member Sandra Fewer said at a December meeting on student assignment. “If you don’t have resources, you don’t have choice.”

Orla O’Keeffe, the district’s policy director, said affluent, educated parents compete for the small number of seats at the highest-performing schools. Children from poor and working-class families, disproportionately black and Latino, often end up in underperforming schools.

The district currently has few tools to address the problem. “If you’ve got racially isolated choice patterns, then your capacity to create diversity using a choice mechanism is constrained,” O’Keeffe said. “There’s none of that in our system. It’s all about what families want.”

The choice system tries to make the schools diverse by giving more preference to students who live in neighborhoods with low average test scores, a proxy for measuring poverty. But some Board of Education members are acknowledging that mechanisms intended to promote diversity are flawed.

“The story of our efforts at student assignment is the story of unintended consequences,” said Rachel Norton, a board member since 2009. “In some ways, it’s a perfect mismatch of intent and results.”

Norton, Fewer and other education leaders are pressing for major changes to help re-integrate schools. One idea is to use language tracks to attract white and middle-income families to racially isolated schools, from both district and private schools.

Such changes could shape the city for decades to come, affecting its culture, income distribution and real estate patterns. But if parents have inadvertently helped to resegregate the schools by seeking the best opportunities for their own children, it may take individual and collective efforts by those same parents to create the diverse public schools many of them say they want.

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{snip} Last year, only 21 percent of families put their attendance-area school as their first choice, and district data show that most students leave their neighborhoods when they go to school. As a result, few schools look demographically like the surrounding neighborhoods.

For example, almost half of students at Alvarado Elementary in Noe Valley live below the poverty line, while the median household income in the neighborhood is $115,700–53 percent above the city median. Only one-tenth of Noe Valley residents were Latino in the latest census, but last year 43 percent of Alvarado’s students were Latino.

This pattern holds throughout the district: Poor students of color are embedded in many high-income, high-cost neighborhoods where residents are either childless or send their children to private schools. Though San Francisco has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country and one of the highest income levels, 58 percent of its public school students are poor. And almost all the poor children are Asian, Latino or black.

Though the number of racially isolated schools jumped by 22 percent over three years, according to a district study, to date none are more than 60 percent white. Yet in a broader sense, white children are the most isolated in the city.

Whites are 42 percent of the city’s overall population, 33 percent of the children but only 12 percent of public school students. Why aren’t more white children in public school? Again, money appears to be the key factor: The average white San Franciscan makes three times more money than the average black resident. Whites on average also make 66 percent more money than Latinos, and 44 percent more than Asians. Possibly as a result of this wealth, white children are much more likely to be enrolled in private schools than other racial groups.

Since the new assignment system went into effect, the white children who do attend public schools have started to concentrate in just a few. In the 2009–10 school year, there were no schools in which whites were the simple majority. By last year, there were five, including Grattan. Meanwhile, at half of elementary schools, the white student population is now at or below 10 percent. At one-quarter of elementaries, the student population is 2 percent white (or less)–making them “apartheid schools,” according to some researchers.

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Not all racially isolated schools underperform. KIPP Bayview Academy, a charter middle school, outperforms the other predominantly black schools, making it one of a handful of outliers. In addition, almost all of those dominated by Asian students test in the upper third–the inverse of the picture at black- and Latino-dominated schools.

In San Francisco, “there’s a lot of pride in the Chinese community in having created educational enclaves,” said Prudence Carter, a Stanford sociologist who studied parent choices for the district in 2010.

But a San Francisco Public Press analysis of school district statistics found that achievement correlates with income, not race. On average, Asians at racially isolated schools are more affluent than blacks and Latinos. Class seems to matter for all groups. Poor Asians struggle almost as much on standardized tests as do other impoverished students.

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San Francisco hardly exists in a vacuum.

Last year marked the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court decision that ended government-sponsored segregation in America. But in the last two decades, judges from here to New York have ended court-enforced integration, and the schools have resegregated to levels not seen since the 1970s. Nationwide, the achievement gap between black and white students has widened.

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In interviews for this story, members of the Board of Education agreed with Mendoza-Denton’s argument that diversity was good for everyone. That understanding has motivated their search for solutions that promote classroom diversity.

Jill Wynns, the longest-serving board member, argued that the biggest driver of racial isolation was the pattern of language-immersion and bilingual programs, offered at three-quarters of the racially isolated schools.

But Wynns said that the district could actually use these programs as tools for increasing racial diversity at schools. She pointed to Starr King Elementary as an example. The school, which sits across the street from a public housing project in Potrero Hill, was historically African-American. But today, its Mandarin language immersion program draws educated Chinese and white families from around the city, making it the district’s most racially balanced school, according to a Public Press analysis.

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  • TruthBeTold

    I did a quick google search; ranking of liberal cities.

    The first link I looked at ranked San Francisco as the most liberal city.

    • Luca

      To be a liberal, one must first be a hypocrite. They preach diversity as they march their kids off off to private schools.

      What they really mean is: “Diversity for thee, but not for me.”

      • Hammerheart

        Like this inoculation mess.

        Mom’s don’t believe in vaccines, don’t get child vaccinated. Mom votes for diveristy from the south. Latin immigrants come with third world diseases. Mom’s child contracts some third world disease from Pedro the landscaper. Mom then votes for more aid relief to africa, of which include… VACCINATIONS FOR CHILDREN.

        • meanqueen

          Actually, anti-vaxers, though I prefer to call them “vaccine cautious,” are about half and half liberal and conservative. Conservatives resent government intrusions, and liberals tend to be in support of natural health and living, which I think kind of outlines the motives for being opposed to vaccines, or more often, just opposed to the current schedule.

      • Charles Martel

        Also true for global warming and income redistribution.

    • WR_the_realist

      San Francisco is a beautiful city occupied by left wing crazies.

      • Luca

        It is the world’s largest outdoor insane asylum.

  • AmericanCitizen

    “Children from poor and working-class families, disproportionately black and Latino, often end up in underperforming schools.”

    America needs to acknowledge the fact that these schools are underperforming BECAUSE the students are black and latino. The Liberal elite wants you to think that the schools are inherently bad and the minorities are sent there as a form of social punishment. The reality is that you could take inner city blacks to any school district, and they would do poorly and be discipline problems. It’s not the schools, it’s the people who attend the school that makes it a terrible place to get an education.

    • TruthBeTold

      America needs to acknowledge the fact that these schools are underperforming BECAUSE the students are black and latino.

      They keep telling us how diverse our schools are becoming but they never make the connection to failing schools.

      • Alexandra1973

        A long time ago I was watching a Cleveland news station. They were complaining about underperforming schools and they were broadcasting from the school.

        All I saw were black kids, and I said to the TV, “There’s your problem right there!”

        • Nancy

          And the teachers at those schools practically stampede over each other to transfer to the whiter schools in the district.

          Case in point: Atlanta Public Schools, which is mostly ghetto except for the white Buckhead enclave. Garden Hills Elementary, a grammar school in the ritzy Garden Hills section of Buckhead, is naturally one of the very best, most sought-after school in the district. We don’t have school choice as SanFran does, so people go to the school in the district in which they live, which is why the school is white.

          But the teachers from all the other crap schools are constantly putting in requests for transfers, sending their resumes and letters to the Garden Hills principal, etc., hoping they can snag the few openings there. Most teachers, however, tend to hang on to their positions there, so openings are few and far between.

          But the lack of school choice is a major driving force behind the white families’ constant moving from district to district, to keep ahead of the Undertow. Blacks ruin a school, then go looking to see where they can move next, so their kid can go to a “better” school. Greedy developers constantly make generous offers to the few people who still own acreage in the district, buy their property, and try to squeeze in as many new homes as possible onto the land. Most new homes are a matter of feet from their neighbors; you can spit out your window and hit the house next door.

          Then the black population rises, and the performance of the school declines. In our district, you can use this address to look at the chart and see the change from year to year. People in my neighborhood with elementary-age kids know that we have to move before our kids get to 9th grade. We’re barely a majority now.

          http www^schooldigger^com/go/GA/schools/0255001906/school.aspx

          • MBlanc46

            Thanks very much for that.

          • Nancy

            We’re being surrounded, even within our own county. That second high school, the one I said was nearby? It’s like 6 miles away.

          • bilderbuster

            I went to an all White elementary school in Sandy Springs and played football at Chastain Park in the 70’s.
            There were 0 Black students and we had one Black 5th grade teacher who was new to the school.
            I went to the Cherokee City Club last summer when I visited, but there will never be anything like Aunt Fanny’s Cabin again.
            Thanks for the childhood flashback.

          • meanqueen

            Why do white people stay in Atlanta?

      • Speedy Steve

        Maybe it’s TV that’s dumbing down KwaMerika.

      • bilderbuster

        Yes they do but everyone lies about it.

    • Jacobite2

      True. And the same analysis applies to the “class segregation” also. People with low IQs and poor impulse-control aren’t going to be in the middle or upper classes unless they are pro sports stars. Yes, your family, too, can live next door to O.J.

      • AndrewInterrupted

        And it’s too far from the Democrat Plantation, a.k.a. Prince George’s County, to expect any help from them.

        • Jacobite2

          I read a recent WaPo article here, or on a similar site, specifically about the crash in property values in PG County. Sixty years ago, ‘everybody’ knew that any school neighborhood where 34% of the students were non-white was going to tip. It was true then, just as it’s true today. Forced bussing was the answer until whites figured out that if they moved out of the district altogether, they were probably safe. For a while. Once you understand that Leftism in the US is purely anti-white and anti-Christian, few of the Left’s moves are mysteries.

    • Dave4088

      Right, there are several public high schools in my area that were once mostly white and high performing, but the influx of blacks and latinos has transformed them into poor performing blackboard jungles. That is why private schools are springing up like mushrooms.

      • MBlanc46

        Private schools. And magnet schools. And charter schools. Anything to provide a decent education with a mostly white student body for little Johnny and Janey (or whatever the trendy names for children are these days).

        • Strider73

          The ultimate solution, of course, is homeschooling. Modern technology has made it easier and cheaper than ever before. The hours are whatever you want. The dress code is whatever you want. Lunch is whatever and whenever you want. Most important, the chances of Johnny & Janey being assaulted and/or raped by the undertow is zero.

          • John Smith

            What you can’t do at home, you should push to get your children accepted at a community college, such as for more involved science and math courses. They should actually try for a GED as soon as they can, IMO, and be in a college track early.

          • bilderbuster

            An average White eighth grader used to be able to pass the GED.
            I knew a few 16 year old’s who went to college.

          • AndrewInterrupted

            The MUGgers (minority underlying government) are out in front of that. Or thought they were. The ulterior motives behind Commie-Core were for the purpose of blocking those who might escape to the home-schooling option. Fortunately, the few remaining Americans that are left in North America figured it out in time–and pushed back.

          • DNA Explains It All

            And weapons training can be directly incorporated into the curriculum for those moments when diversity must be encountered.

          • cyrusthevirus

            My guess would be that if homeschooling became widespread legislation would be passed to prevent it –so hurry !!

        • IstvanIN

          Hunter and Brooklyn.

        • Nancy

          Baylei and Chaison

          • MBlanc46

            They’re getting as bad as the blacks.

    • Luca

      The Neo-Marxists march under the banner of “Equality”. There is no equality in the natural world. If nature provided all of us with equality, I would much rather have played professional baseball and made millions of dollars. Try as I might in sports, there was always someone faster, stronger, taller etc.

      To suggest that we all have equal intelligence and can all achieve the same grades in schools is so patently insane that it could only have originated from the mind and mouth of a liberal.

      It is a Marxist propaganda ploy to continuously feed the academic mafia and the teachers’ unions.

      • John Smith

        The only equality expected in our society is an equality of opportunity, meaning that there are no noble or other social class distinctions that one must meet to avail themselves of an opportunity for education or employment. All other concepts of equality are a provable fiction.

      • bilderbuster

        And as much as I admire Thomas Jefferson I could strangle him for writing the words “All men are created equal”.
        An educated man such as himself should have known how his words would be twisted.

        • Luca

          Please read and understand the entire text.

          We all are created equal because we all have been endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, such as Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

          In other words, we all have equal rights, not equal intelligence nor equal abilities.

          An 18th century man could not foresee the way 21st century Liberals would twist the truth. In his day most people had honor, something that is very scarce today.

          • bilderbuster

            I have and I do understand.
            I only wish Jefferson had foreseen how the little Jacobins of his day would twist his words.

          • John Smith

            Same thing with a “well-regulated militia.” It absolutely did not mean what modern liberals say it does, but then the idea that a right is “given” to the people at the discretion and under the supervision of the very govt. whose activities such a body was meant as a bulwark against beggars the logical mind already.

          • Luca

            The Founders used the ‘Militia’ explanation to reinforce that which was taken for granted and understood. Early Americans all owned guns as a necessity for hunting and to protect against Indians, wild animals and bandits. They also knew that a government that could confiscate guns would be able to institute a complete tyranny if it so desired.

        • Julius Caesar

          Surely Jefferson was proclaiming all (white) men are created equal, right? The Naturalization Act of 1790 would suggest that he wasn’t trying to say “all non-whites/non-Europeans, PLEASE come to America”.

        • Garrett Brown

          It’s pretty obvious he was referring to his own, White people.

          • bilderbuster

            It’s pretty obvious that those words get twisted all the time and I wish Jefferson had foreseen how he would be taken out of context.

          • Garrett Brown

            When everyone around you and everyone you know, every country you’ve interacted with and every ethnicity White, you don’t really think about those things.

          • bilderbuster

            There were plenty of Jacobins running around in Jefferson’s day lopping off heads and preaching equality.

    • Basketeddie

      If you mix ice cream with horse dung, you will not get better tasting ice cream.

      • YUCK! But a good analogy, nonetheless.

        • John Smith

          And a very apt one as well.

      • bilderbuster

        Yes but Marxist are only concerned with making horse dung sweeter and not better.

    • Raymond Kidwell

      It relates to group averages. A high performing person who is stuck around low performing people is going to be pulled down. The opposite is also true a low performing person around high performers is pulled up. There are students in those schools who probably would do better with different peers, but they are always the exception, not the rule. That is the problem with the liberal argument, they try to make a huge example out of the minority, the exception, the rare extreme, then totally ignore what is average, typical, majority or normal.

      • Lygeia

        I agree that a high performing person who is stuck around low performing people is going to be pulled down.

        I am just not ure that a low performing person around high performers is pulled up.

        • thomasdosborneii

          I think maybe middle-performing students are pulled up by the high performing students, but the low performing ones stay there no matter what.

          • bilderbuster

            It’s wishful thinking like that that keeps the status quo in place.

          • Lygeia

            You make a very a good point that there isn’t much we can do about low performing students. It is also possible that middle-performing student can transcend their limitations and appreciate what higher-performing people have to offer them.

        • John Smith

          Only by statistical averaging, not actual performance. A 140 IQ white and an 80 IQ black in the same room give an average IQ of 110, but one will still walk out the door with a near-genius IQ and the other a retard, no matter that the metrics show everyone in the room had an above-average IQ.

    • Jesse_from_Sweden

      Here’s a fun experiment for you.

      Take the poorest performing school in SF, calling it School A, then the best performing school in SF, calling that one School B.

      Switch the students from one school to the other, all that would enroll in one of them will instead be transferred to the other.
      Only the students will change, the teachers, buildings, books, resources etc will all be the same.
      Same goes for the budget….especially the budget.
      Then see in three years, when all of the students have now gotten their education at the lowest/highest performing school.
      Will the students originially associated with School A now have higher test scores than the students that are now attending School A?

      Or will the only difference be that School A will no longer be lowest performing, and instead be one of the highest performing?
      And the same in reverse for School B?

      Most likely.
      Also, without changing the budget, School A will likely look a lot better than it did when the test started and School B will likely look like a warzone.
      It is not resources, books, buildings and teachers that determine how much students learn. It’s the students themselves. The other factors can only modify this by a small amount, at least when those factors are sufficient to fill the need (yeah, students will have a hard time learning anything if there are NO teachers and NO books, but that’s an extreme, even the poorest performing schools with the least amount of budget per student will still have enough so that it isn’t those factors that determine the overall outcome).

    • Jesse_from_Sweden

      . . But the biggest culprit, say outside researchers and local education
      . . leaders, is the feature that defines the student assignment system:
      . . school choice.

      And there you have it.
      The greatest cause of evil is free choice.
      People choosing what they want, instead of what other people want them to choose.
      A pretty clear sign of leftist intent. Remove peoples choices, only the people in charge should be allowed to make choices, choices that will greatly affect people other than themselves.
      Because you can be real sure that the same leftist in charge who will make choices for you, will not make the same choices for themselves.

      “Diversity for thee, but not for me”.

  • D.B. Cooper

    The white, sissified, San Francisco treat is a big reason why the state has gone to Hell. I say their kids should be forced to attend school with diversity, since they like it so much.
    By the way, “parentS” in San Francisco usually means two dads, or two moms.

  • superlloyd

    ”But a San Francisco Public Press analysis of school district statistics found that achievement correlates with income, not race. ”

    Why don’t I believe you?

    • Alexandra1973

      San Fransicko. Land of the fruits and nuts indeed!

      • Strider73

        Fruits, nuts and flakes. Hence my nickname for Crazifornia — “the Granola State.”

    • Fathercoughlin

      its well known that well-off blacks have kids who often revert to ghetto levels of success…nomesayne?

      • Sick of it

        I’ve seen it. I’ve seen the same with grandkids of successful black folks.

        • bilderbuster

          “Successful Black” means a government employee or contractor.

          • Sick of it

            Some of the older ones around here (grandparents) started their own businesses years ago. No government work or check. As always, they are the minority among the minority.

          • bilderbuster

            There’s always exceptions and some Blacks are capable and have ambition but as a rule the Black Middle Class is a myth.Without government jobs and programs, policies, AA hires ect. the Blacks would have some examples like the ones you referred to and the rest would be as aimless and dependent as they have always been.

      • John Smith

        The rich black kids still perform no better, often worse, than poor whites and Asians on standardized tests.

      • Charles Martel

        Can’t wait to see Obama’s brats as baby mommas to some tattooed gangsta!

        • bilderbuster

          Daughter Malia is already promoting PRO-ERA Anti-White, commie,gangsta rappers.
          The other one will probably go the Oprah, Hillary, Ellen DeGenarate way.

      • Nancy

        It’s called “Regression To The (Black) Mean.”

  • connorhus

    But a San Francisco Public Press analysis
    of school district statistics found that achievement correlates with
    income, not race. On average, Asians at racially isolated schools are
    more affluent than blacks and Latinos. Class seems to matter for all
    groups. Poor Asians struggle almost as much on standardized tests as do
    other impoverished students.

    Ahhh the fallacy of reverse thinking to help spread propaganda and preach the Multi-Cult religion. The way it should be stated is….

    income is directly in correlation to achievement ie. intelligence and found to be highly hereditary and follow racial lines.

  • You can bet the professors teaching this course will be fair-minded, objective and present opposing viewpoints in a calm and even-handed manner.

    Update: Sorry, I posted my comment under the wrong story. It’s been one of those days.

    • bilderbuster

      It’s alright because I’ve already read that story and was able to do a mental match.

  • Luca

    Funny how the Asians can come here with little resources, limited language skills and yet within one generation their kids somehow magically wind up better educated and the parents wind up affluent.

    I wonder if culture, DNA, family values, assimilation and hard work had anything to do with it?

    Nah, It probably has something to do with magical zip codes, tiger moms and global warming.

    • Fathercoughlin

      Funny how the Asians can come here…

      • John Smith

        One thing I know is that most end up hating blacks shortly afterward.

      • bilderbuster

        The same reason the Blacks are still here.

    • Spaniard in LA

      To be fair, most Asians immigrate with a college degree (post 1965) giving them an advantage on everyone, including Whites. My uncle from Barcelona tells me that the Mexicans that happen to live in Spain are very successful. That does not mean Mexican culture is superior, it just means that Mexicans with skills and education are immigrating to Spain.

      • thomasdosborneii

        The idea of educated, skilled Mexicans moving to Spain is fascinating. Good for them, I say! And that they haven’t chosen to come to the United States says something.

        • Spaniard in LA

          I wish they’d stay home and fixed their own country. If they were smash the influence of their 1% they would probably get somewhere.

          • bilderbuster

            They could be better.

      • Luca

        Those Mexicans you speak of probably possess a greater degree of Euro-DNA and less of the mestizo/Amer-Indian DNA.

        • Ella

          Maybe, some generational families are returning back to Europe post WW2 being displaced or deported. The wealthy can go anywhere at anytime.

      • Tom_in_Miami

        It may also mean that the Spaniards who emigrated to Mexico are going back to their homeland.

    • Sick of it

      Strong ethnic ties in their respective communities will land them in ever better positions. White people seem to enjoy watching other white people fail. Today anyway.

      • UncleSham

        I don’t think Whites like to see other Whites fail so much as they are indifferent to seeing other Whites succeed. Its exciting when a Black or Brown person accomplishes something, as opposed to just another White guy doing it.

        • Sick of it

          I have several former bosses you would not enjoy meeting. Both white women.

    • WhiteGuyInJapan

      Shoe on the other foot, I find it interesting that some white parents in SF would prefer their children learn Mandarin rather Spanish.

  • MekongDelta69

    The San Francisco Unified School District has struggled to achieve its Number One goal since the 1960s: classroom diversity.

    Leftists:
    Diversity for thee, but not for me
    Free speech for me, but not for thee

    • Luca

      All these years I have lived under the obvious misconception that the number one goal of any and all school districts was to educate the students.

      • Nancy

        Don’t you feel like a dummy now? 😉

      • MekongDelta69

        Silly man!
        /sarc

      • bilderbuster

        Even Rip Van Winkle wasn’t asleep that long.

        • Julius Caesar

          I could really go for a nap right about now.

    • NoMosqueHere

      Classroom [racial] diversity is their number one goal…since the 1960s. Ok, they’ve failed for 50 years. Why not set new goals that might have a chance of success; such maximizing the education and health of these kids.

      • Luca

        Okay, so they failed for 50-years and have poured trillion$ into busing, longer school hours, shorter school hours, free lunches, less discipline, bilingual education, charter schools, after-school programs, lower standards etc.

        “If only we had more money and more programs and a few more decades to try this out, I am certain we can close the achievement gap.” – says every teachers union.

        Even the liberals know the honest truth, they are simply in it for the money and the votes. The rest is all just noise, smoke and mirrors.

        • MBlanc46

          “Next time, for sure”.

      • Speedy Steve

        Prof Walter Williams once told me that the current school system must have been designed by the Ku Klux Klan. Blacks were better off in segregated schools.

        • John Smith

          I think they achieved more that way.

        • bilderbuster

          Someone should remind Dr. Williams that Klan sympathisers designed segregation with everyone’s best interests in mind.

  • dd121

    Many people won’t admit it publicly, but I suspect they don’t really think that “diversity” is our greatest strength.

    • bilderbuster

      That’s a silly slogan hatched up by the ADL knowing full well that diversity is divisive.
      Diversity is something the Eskimos preach for everyone else but have separate laws for themselves.

  • TheMaskedUnit

    The real reason for public schools — cheap daycare.

    • LIBERTYSINCURSION

      Cheap for who? Certainly not the tax payer, and especially not the childless tax payer!

      • TheMaskedUnit

        You may not have noticed but not everybody pays taxes.

    • Nancy

      I’ve written in the past about the Baby Mommas in the projects who would alter little Bunshellda’s birth certificate to make it look like she was 5, when she was only 4, in order to get her into kindergarten (a.k.a. “free daycare with two free meals per day”) a year early.

      It would happen every single August: four or five Baby Mommas would pull this stunt, and about a week later, their little 4-year-old geniuses would be pulled from the school, because De’Quan’tarius’s momma(who lives in the unit right upstairs) went up to the school and snitched. She knew Bunshellda was only four, because “me an’ De’Quan’s momma be pregnant at da same time, dat gurl ain’t be no five year old!”

      It’s the only case of snitching that seems to be acceptable to them: when someone else seems to be getting something that YOU’RE not getting, then it’s okay to cry “foul”.

      Interestingly, there are problems in the white community that’s directly opposite: parents wanting to “black shirt” their kid by holding him back a year, and waiting until he turned 6 to put him in kindergarten. That way, he’s bigger, smarter, and a better athlete than the rest of his class. Says a lot about the differences in parenting: white parents want to keep their kids home as long as possible to benefit them in school later on, and black ghetto mothers can’t wait to get rid of their little thugs, regardless of the fact that they will likely struggle to keep up year after year (and ultimately be held back anyway).

  • Frank_DeScushin

    “How did this resegregation of schools happen in a city where almost everyone from district leaders to parents supports the ideal of diversity?”

    Simple. It’s because most Liberals never actually support the ideal of diversity in their own lives. Instead, they merely parrot the Liberal dogma on diversity to look sufficiently righteous to the other cult members. In reality, they want ‘diversity for thee, but not for me’ or they want a place where they can grab some interesting cuisine. They most assuredly don’t want their precious little Johnny sitting next to LaQuan in class.

    • LIBERTYSINCURSION

      I had copied that same sentence to deliver the same response, you beat me to it Frank.

    • Harry

      ..because they’re smart enough to know that precious little Johnny’s life will be made a living hell in the “racially diverse” school.

      • LIBERTYSINCURSION

        Yup, but they don’t care about the poor version of little Johnny’s life, ( you know, the young White kid who’s parents aren’t rich limousine liberals, and can’t afford to escape the diversity bestowed upon them by said liberal hypocrites ) being turned into dirt thanks to their self righteous diversity for thee but not for me dictates. And no matter what, the damage done is never enough, hence -> “This pattern holds throughout the district: Poor students of color are embedded in many high-income, high-cost neighborhoods where residents are either childless or send their children to private schools.” <- What? You mean Tyrone Harris, LaQuisha Jones and Reconartez Gonzales weren't turned into instant geniuses when they were flooded into these "high-income" and "high-cost" neighborhood schools? My goodness, who would've thought?

        What they did succeed in doing is hollowing out these neighborhood's schools of the very people who you would think should be there. You know, THE NEIGHBORS! But like I said, it's never enough. Even though the White parents and citizens in those neighborhoods. Are now paying to educate both, the ghettos children in their own children's former schools, and, their own children in high cost private schools. They're somehow for some reason still not performing at the level of White students. So something must be done! "What Do We Want? NO CHOICE! When Do We Want It? NOW!" – Freedom and equality do not mix, and I believe it's time for us to choose, Freedom or equality? We absolutely, positively, can NOT have both!

        • Cindy

          “There are no solutions, there are only trade-offs” – Thomas Sowell
          Over-educated elite Liberals are not capable of understanding the above quote. They want the solution of diversity, but refuse the trade-off of having their own children experience diversity.

    • MBlanc46

      And there’s also the fairy tale diversity of black astrophysicists, systems analysts, and engineers that they want to believe will occur somewhere, sometime in the future.

      • John Smith

        Other than Neil DeGrasse Tyson, are there any other black astrophysicists?

        • IstvanIN

          yes, their is some black guy from the UK who appears on “The Universe” TV show.

          • John Smith

            Two black astrophysicists in the whole world – sounds about right.

          • Charles Martel

            Ron McNair got blown up on the Challenger. We may be down to one!

      • Cindy

        Yes! They really believe this. And it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
        If I was allowed to play basketball with the Chicago Bulls, my basketball skills would not improve. Period.

  • Lion’s Mane

    Even if 4 out of 10 students belong to a race other than the majority race in the school, the majority race students are said to be ‘racially isolated’! What kind of ‘reasoning’ is this? Just what is the purpose of ‘racial integration,’ then, if the percentage matters so very very much? So this is not ‘social engineering’? The hypocrisy of the liberal position on race! The citizens cannot be free when the government regulates their lives in so heavy-handed a manner.

    • LIBERTYSINCURSION

      As I just said below my friend -> “Freedom and equality do not mix, and I believe it’s time for us to
      choose, Freedom or equality? We absolutely, positively, can NOT have
      both!” <- They are diametrically opposed to one another.

  • JohnEngelman

    White liberals have never been so hypocritical as on the subject of integrated schools. They are in favor of school integration “in principle.” For their children they want safe schools that give their children educations that facilitate their acceptance by elite universities. That means schools with hardly any non Asian minorities.

    If they can’t send their kids to public schools like that, they send them to private schools.

  • Roninf9

    Birds of a feather flock together. Segregation is natural and healthy. It takes the point of the bayonet, bribery, and 24/7 ‘Alice in Wonderland’ level propaganda all costing untold Trillions to force integration. It’s like making rain fall up.

  • Speedy Steve

    Children from poor and working-class families, disproportionately black and Latino, often end up in underperforming schools.

    Which came first; the minorities, or the under-performing schools?

  • Sick of it

    “Though San Francisco has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the
    country and one of the highest income levels, 58 percent of its public
    school students are poor. And almost all the poor children are Asian,
    Latino or black.”

    Equality is a lie.

    • MBlanc46

      And it’s getting to be a lie of “emperor’s new clothes” proportions, but the elites are still desperately trying to shove it down our throats.

  • MBlanc46

    The only thing that surprises me about this is that anyone would be surprised by it. And I must question the statement that “almost everyone from district leaders to parents supports the ideal of diversity”. I’m sure that the district leaders do (it’s almost impossible to become a district leader without at least paying lip service to “diversity”), but it’s pretty clear that the parents don’t.

    • John Smith

      Asian parents least of all, apparently. If I was an Asian parent, the only schools I’d want to send my kids to would be those with white children.

  • John Smith

    Looks like, yet again, white liberals seldom practice what they preach for everyone else.

  • The Dude

    What a shock! Liberals should just stop lying to themselves about diversity.

  • bilderbuster

    It’s not poor performing schools it’s poor performing students.

    • Robert Smith

      Dumb bricks!

      • meanqueen

        Bricks actually are useful and serve a good purpose.

  • Da Troof

    “There’s none of that in our system. It’s all about what families want.”

    The horror!

  • LexiconD1

    This is EXACTLY how my school system conducts itself. Has been for years. Nothing new here. We were also the first in the nation to wear mandatory uniforms, and get rid of busing (except for special needs students.)

    Same thing happened here too. White kids ended up in almost all white schools (a few Asian kids within the mix), and all the rest ended up together.

    I live in a suburb or Los Angeles.

    • Ella

      You are very lucky. In our area, we have less than 55% whites in public schools. The large liberal district here bussed low-income students within the district to qualify for federal funding at each school. As a result, home-schooling has become more popular.

      • LexiconD1

        Between private school, and leaving the state…there are not enough white students to make a difference. High schools are horrible though. They are a diversity nightmare…except….we have what’s called ‘small communities’ where students of similar achievements take all their classes together. Based on grades, and achievements. So really, while the campus is ‘diverse’, the classes aren’t.

        I guess if fulfills our liberal loonies bent, without actually mixing the dumb students in, taking away from those who actually WANT to learn…

  • ViktorNN

    So much of white liberalism is about flat out denying certain truths, keeping politically incorrect thoughts hidden at all costs, and holding blatant double standards with a straight face.

  • Kenner

    I’m guessing the Filipinos are considered ‘Pacific Islanders’.

    • Charles Martel

      I think you are correct. The underlying reason is that “Pacific Islanders” tend to have lower IQs than “Asians.” It helps the author twist the facts to make his point

  • George

    Interestingly, the proponents of diversity all claim that it is a good thing, yet never specify why, exactly, it is good..
    They also note that blacks & Hispanics are the ones populating the underachieving schools.
    Does forced integration improve black & Hispanic outcomes? If so, to what degree? Why?
    What magic is it that Whites have that allows coloured individuals to succeed, if only we would grace them with our children’s presence?

  • Bill Moore

    Hello,

    “Children from poor and working-class families, disproportionately black and Latino, often end up in underperforming schools.”

    Hmmm… Perhaps the reason the schools are underperforming school is because they are disproportionately African and Mexican.

    Never thought of that,
    Bill Moore

    • AndrewInterrupted

      That’s not the cultural Marxist ‘…party line…’, Bill.

      Repeat after me (if you know what’s good for you): White people made them do it.

  • brior

    The district currently has few tools to address the problem. “If you’ve
    got racially isolated choice patterns, then your capacity to create
    diversity using a choice mechanism is constrained,” who chose diversity? Certainly not the white parents who’s children are targets of the poor racially isolated.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    Here’s some tongue-in-cheek I wrote over at that SF site. Let’s see if it survives the government censors. Yeah, right.

    “….If Chinese people want to immerse themselves within their own kind –in their “immersion schools”–that’s OK.

    And if what Mr. Hernandez “…liked most was that many of the families at Bryant were also Mexican…”–that is also OK.

    The problem I have is when “white people” do it. It’s like a gateway drug. If they are allowed to congregate among them-selves, everybody knows, it’s only a matter of time before they start purchasing slaves.

    We need to protect white people from themselves–and exclude them…”

    • throttler

      It has survived so far.

      • AndrewInterrupted

        Amazing, isn’t it? Some people are too stupid to realize they’re idiots.

  • archer

    “where almost everyone from district leaders to parents support the ideal of diversity”. Wrong they support diversity for YOUR children, not theirs.

  • HJ11

    Whites should self-segregate in every way possible. Stay White. Period.

  • HJ11

    Scholls are more than just places to park your kids. There are school dances and social events that put White kids too close to non-Whites. We often meet our future mates in school. Send your White kids to the Whitest schools you can find. Let them be proud to be White and let them learn that miscegenation is evil right from an early age.

  • Charles Martel

    I googled it. Yup, it’s a private school. According to its website “252 students attend Live Oak School and primarily identify as White, nonHispanic, Asian and Hispanic.” My guest is that most are white

  • SFLBIB

    Awfully long article to say, “When given a choice, birds of a feather flock together.”

  • Mark Hillyard

    No sane person would voluntarily allow their children to attend any school in the Hunters Point area which is near the old Candlestick Park football stadium.
    My brothers truck broke down on his way to work in that area and a SF cop stopped and ordered him into the patrol car. The cop asked him if he was nuts and was a bit upset that he would be so dumb as to walk around that place. I’ve had to drive there for business and know only the outward appearance in daylight. Beer parties on almost every intersection. A parent would not send their kids there by choice.

  • bubo

    It’s almost like if left to our own devices, races will naturally self segregate. This is a shocking and troubling development. So what if 100 thousand years of human evolution deem it so, that’s no excuse. It’s 2015 for goodness sakes.

  • meanqueen

    You might be interested to know that Merck is currently under investigation on three different charges of fraudulent research, one charge having to do with concealing evidence of a strong link between MMR and autism in African American male children. The lead researcher, Dr. William Thompson, became a whistleblower and admitted what they did. Furthermore, NUMEROUS doctors and scientists have gone on record stating that “better diagnosis” cannot account for the current rate of autism in children, neither does a random gene mutation explain it. A litany of contemptuous accusations doesn’t make you right.

  • throttler

    They will hate their mother.

  • cranky_1970

    It’s no secret to anyone. Black and Hispanic children are more disruptive and less cognitively able. White parents are obsessed with their children maintaining social status through elite education and highly paid employment. Sure, they will say diversity is a nice idea publicly, but when it comes to their little DNA capsules, no risks will be taken.