School Boards; Circumventing the Law

Need some feedback.  Local school board attempting to redistrict economically challenged families out of one elementary school and dispersing them into 3 others.  Creating disparity among constituents.  I am looking for a precedent: NCLB, Title 1, state or federal mandate to fight this.  Any ideas?

4 thoughts on “School Boards; Circumventing the Law

  1. I think we need a bit more information here. Is the school board trying to disperse the children to keep the poor kids away from the rich kids? Or are they trying to create a more equitable and representative mixture of children? As a progressive liberal, I would strongly oppose the former, but support the latter unless you could show some really strong reasons for the opposite view.

  2. The “plan” is to move the children from an elementary school where there are substancially less poor families, into schools where there are many more poor families already. This is the 3rd attempt by the school board to pass this program. In this attempt 1 out of every 5 elementary children will have to change schools, to get 38 out of the “richer” school. 

    I can find nothing in our Title 1 federal funding program that prohibits these actions.  I am now looking for something at the State Department of Education level(who distribute these funds and others) to prevent them from continuing down this road.

  3. I’m no lawyer but I did fight a similar situation years ago. First, check on the test scores and facilities of the receiving schools; it should be easy to prove the children will be deprived. Second, enlist organizations that deal with similar problems when children are moved because of race, religion, etc. Groups dealing with disabled children are especially well versed in dealing with biased school boards. And third, apply public relations and the threat of lawsuit; board members always start hemming and hawing when their public image or finances are on the line.

  4. The press could also (if they are up to it in the local area) put some pressure on the school board.

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