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TallahasseeGrannie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-26-05 12:01 PM
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16. No, I'm not saying that bussing wasn't good then
but I don't think it is possible now because of fuel prices. Our school district has considered closing on Fridays because of gas. We are a huge, far-flung district. If we bus on racial lines, it would probably mean closing schools and heavily overcrowded classrooms, and as a teacher I don't want to see that.

I also think that there is no longer support in the African American community here, at least, for bussing kids long distances for racial equity. And I am absolutely certain there is no support in the predominantly white neighborhoods. Those kids would just end up in private schools or home schooled. You can't force bussing on the population anymore, I don't believe. Nobody wants to see their kids on a bus for an hour every day.

I think the solution is as someone mentioned here, going for the long term, which is keeping the neighborhoods more balanced.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that in this district if you are a majority race at your school and desire to attend a school where you would be a minority, you have carte blanche to do so, but have to get your own transportation. And magnet schools are also helping balance things out. Times have changed and we need to find unique solutions.
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  -The Shame of the Nation TNDemo  Dec-26-05 08:53 AM   #0 
  - I think this is true  TallahasseeGrannie   Dec-26-05 09:07 AM   #1 
  - integrate the neighborhoods and the schools will follow  ktlyon   Dec-26-05 09:21 AM   #3 
  - I understand that some (many?) neighborhoods in the south are  Southsideirish   Dec-26-05 10:51 AM   #11 
  - I would guess that on my street of about  TallahasseeGrannie   Dec-26-05 03:15 PM   #24 
  - I guess that is the answer.  TallahasseeGrannie   Dec-26-05 11:53 AM   #15 
  - Excellent point.  LWolf   Dec-26-05 05:57 PM   #25 
  - It's sad to me you take this view ...  HamdenRice   Dec-26-05 09:31 AM   #6 
     - The bussing program in my district  proud2Blib   Dec-26-05 10:49 AM   #10 
     - In other words, you experienced what already happened to schools  HamdenRice   Dec-26-05 11:42 AM   #14 
        - Hey I just work there  proud2Blib   Dec-26-05 12:01 PM   #17 
           - I totally agree  TallahasseeGrannie   Dec-26-05 12:11 PM   #18 
           - In my district,  proud2Blib   Dec-26-05 12:34 PM   #19 
           - yes, what you say  Dan   Dec-26-05 07:18 PM   #26 
           - You completely misunderstand the purpose of bussing  HamdenRice   Dec-27-05 08:12 AM   #27 
     - No, I'm not saying that bussing wasn't good then  TallahasseeGrannie   Dec-26-05 12:01 PM   #16 
        - I would much rather see money spent on educating kids than on  proud2Blib   Dec-26-05 12:37 PM   #20 
  - Diversity scares the conservative  Ezlivin   Dec-26-05 09:08 AM   #2 
  - HMMMM most of the segregated areas were in Liberal strongholds  Toots   Dec-26-05 09:28 AM   #5 
     - But are they "behavioral liberals" or "economic liberals"?  Lydia Leftcoast   Dec-26-05 09:48 AM   #7 
  - The military, unfortunately has been the most integrated and....  DaveTheWave   Dec-26-05 09:22 AM   #4 
  - this is by Jonathan Kozol...I read his Amazing Grace, it was great  Hamlette   Dec-26-05 10:33 AM   #8 
  - Kozol is one of my heroes  proud2Blib   Dec-26-05 10:44 AM   #9 
  - Yes and (sorta) no. . .  mzteris   Dec-27-05 11:54 AM   #28 
  - Oh wow, read these passages:  proud2Blib   Dec-26-05 11:08 AM   #12 
  - I've seen it myself over the years. The solution is apparent, but  greyhound1966   Dec-26-05 11:36 AM   #13 
     - They tried that in Kansas  proud2Blib   Dec-26-05 12:47 PM   #21 
        - No idea how it is in KS. The places I am familiar with have one thing  greyhound1966   Dec-26-05 01:24 PM   #22 
           - I can't answer all your questions  proud2Blib   Dec-26-05 01:39 PM   #23 
 

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