Indiana School District Bused Only Black Third-Graders to Tour Local Colleges

Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Campus Reform, April 21, 2015

An Indiana public school district segregated elementary field trips last week when administrators included only African-Americans on the college introduction tour.

According to ABC 57, South Bend Community Schools Corporation has planned a series of field trips to three local colleges for black third-graders in seven school districts. The excursions began last week with a trip to Ivy Tech Community College.

Dr. G. David Moss, the director for the African-American student-parent services with the South Bend Community Schools Corporation, told ABC 57 that he wanted the third-grade students to begin to think of themselves attending college.

“I was hired to look at the issues facing African-American kids in the South Bend Community Schools Corporation and my job specifically says that I need to develop programs and develop strategies to help these kids and their families become more successful academically,” Moss said.


In 2012, 34.5 percent of students in the South Bend Community Schools Corporation were African-American. White students made up 37.1 percent of the school population that same year.

The students–and their parents if they wish to attend–will meet with African-American college students who, according to Moss, will “[model] the idea that as a black person, college is a great place.”


UPDATE: According to the South Bend Tribune, the field trips have been postponed for the time being. A district spokesperson told the newspaper that the field trips had not been vetted by the superintendent, as is normally policy. {snip}

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