For the last two weeks, I resurrected two previous articles–Race-Based School Discipline: The Movement Continues and Race-Based School Discipline Finds Fertile Ground In Minnesota–with a purpose in mind. Across the nation, school is beginning within the next month, and many Americans aren’t aware of the damage the Obama Departments of Justice and Education, and willing superintendents of schools have gleefully wrought.
A quick review: At the urging, and with the collaboration of the DOJ, first under Eric Holder, and now under Loretta Lynch, a number of school districts, most in large, urban areas long under Democrat control, have immunized Black and Hispanic students from consequences for misbehavior, and even felony crimes, in schools. Why would anyone want to do that? It’s a logical consequence of the social justice mindset.
In each of these schools, it is a fact that black students, and to a lesser degree Hispanic students, are disciplined and suspended in numbers far out of proportion to their numbers in the school population. These statistics gave the Obamites, and their supporters in education, a perfect opportunity to cry “racism!”, pander to those minorities, and exercise federal control, with the very willing help of local Superintendents, over local education.
It has always been a goal of progressivism to control education as a means of controlling the minds of new generations and ensuring permanent Democrat majorities.
Rational educators analyzing such statistics would understand intuitively that they reflect reality. Black and Hispanic kids simply commit disciplinary infractions and crimes at school far more often than white, Asian, or any other groups. Experience bears this out. These minorities commit crimes out of school in similar numbers. Anyone caring to check need only review the facts of disciplinary decisions and suspensions to discover that these decisions fit school policy for the severity and frequency of the infractions.
Social Justice cracktivists, however, have the perfect racist opportunity. If a school has a 23% black population, but black kids represent 72% of all disciplinary infraction punishments, there is no need to look further. The statistical disparity can be caused by only one thing: systemic racism. There can be only one solution: prevent principals from punishing Black and Hispanic kids. This will restore racial equity–social justice cracktivists often call this “restorative justice”–and immediately produce the kinds of statistics necessary to prove that racism existed.
Unfortunately for teachers and students that actually want to be involved in the process of education, the consequences of this insane thinking are rapid and horribly destructive. They are also entirely predictable.
Minneapolis/St. Paul, known by locals as the “Twin Cities,” are two districts that fully drank the racial equity Kool Aid. Long bastions of Democrat purity, the Minneapolis Superintendent Bernadaia Johnson, and the St. Paul Superintendent, Valeria Silva, were only too glad to implement, in 2014, the Obamite’s preferred policies. It became virtually impossible for principals to discipline black and Hispanic students, and teachers had no control over them. Crime has since run rampant in the schools, gangs roam the hallways, attacking students and teachers at will. Education essentially ended, though the schools remain open as very expensive babysitting operations, operations that can’t guarantee the safety of anyone.
In an August, 2015 article, Liberty Unyielding reported on teacher’s thoughts on such policies:
The policies are intended to eliminate what advocates say is racial bias against minorities. Teachers, though, strongly disagree with such an approach.
According to a poll released Tuesday by Education Next, 59% of teachers either somewhat or strongly disagree with federal government policies that attempt to prevent black and Hispanic students from being suspended or expelled. Just 23% support such policies. It’s not simply opposition to federal meddling that drives this sentiment, either. Fifty-seven percent of teachers oppose school district-level policies to prevent suspensions, while only 28% support them.
The gap is particularly large when accounting for the intensity of belief. Only 9% of teachers completely support federal efforts to curb suspensions, while 35% are completely opposed.
Teachers are even more hostile to policies regulating suspensions than the general public and the parents of schoolchildren. In fact, the group teachers align with the most on suspensions are self-identified Republicans, a group they normally have major differences of opinion with.
The strong opposition of teachers bolsters critics of the anti-suspension push who argue it creates disciplinary “quotas” and could make schools less safe for other students by keeping chronic troublemakers in the classroom.
The survey was conducted with 700 teachers in May and June of 2015.
Teachers have reason to be concerned, even though one superintendent is one the way out the door. The American Experiment reports:
Yesterday [June 21, 2016] the St. Paul school board fired its superintendent of schools, Valeria Silva. Silva’s contract was bought out with a package estimated at $787,500.
Silva’s firing follows an explosive series of local and national columns by the Center’s Kathy Kersten on violence in the St. Paul public schools. In the most horrifying case, a teacher suffered brain damage when he was beaten by a student in his own classroom. But that was just one of many violent incidents–so many that the teachers’ union threatened a strike.
Violence in the St. Paul schools was widely attributed to the ‘equity’ initiative that began in the Obama administration’s Department of Justice and was enthusiastically embraced by Superintendent Silva. Basically, the ‘equity’ principle imposed racial quotas on suspensions of students from school. The effect was that students who should have been suspended instead roamed the halls, sometimes violently attacking other students as well as teachers.
Imagine gentle readers, how bad things would have to become, and how quickly, for a major city teacher’s union, as leftist an organization as exists on this planet, would disagree with not only a leftist superintendent, but a minority, female superintendent slavishly following the lead of the Obama Administration (Silva is a native of Chile). Seeing dues-paying members injured and killed by students can apparently temporarily adjust the thinking of at least some leftists.
The St. Paul school board fired Superintendent Valeria Silva without cause Tuesday night after butting heads for five months over budgets, student discipline and declining enrollment.
Out on July 15, Silva will serve as a consultant through Sept. 30, 2017. She’ll get a separation agreement worth $787,500 in salary and benefits, including pension payments through Oct. 1, 2019, which will enable her to earn a full pension in retirement.
Exactly what Silva will do for 15 months hasn’t been settled. Schumacher said she likely will not have an office at the district’s administrative building, and her only defined role is to help in the transition.
Hmm. I’d like to be fired and make nearly a millions dollars in the process. Obviously, I’m working in the wrong place. Not being a crazed leftist female Hispanic is probably hampering my enrichment a bit too.
“he superintendent is very interested in helping with the transition and making sure the district is taken care of,’ Schumacher [school board member] said.
She has certainly “taken care of” the district. Here’s a prime example:
Marchese [school board member] said he has great respect for Silva’s equity focus, and that the board will carry that work forward.
‘She should be very proud of that and we as a community should be very proud of what has been done on that,’ he said.
They’re praising her for doing what in large part caused her firing:
Teachers and parents have complained that softer penalties for student misbehavior and the rushed mainstreaming of special education students have made schools less orderly and safe, causing families to enroll at schools outside the district.
The teachers union considered striking amid disagreements with Silva over how to address violence against teachers.
That discontent largely is why four new board members were elected last November.
Ultimately, the utter lack of adult supervision and discipline caused so many parents to remove their children from the St. Paul schools merely to protect their lives, to say nothing of making it possible for them to learn, the effects could no longer be ignored. School districts are funded by total numbers of students. Lose too many kids, and the financial drain becomes unbearable, yet St. Paul can afford nearly a million just to provide a golden parachute for Silva.
Many don’t realize how important adult control of a school is. It must be the first and most important job of any principal. Even a single, uncontrollable student in a classroom can and will make it impossible for that teacher to teach and the other students to learn. Disciplinary policies must be uniformly enforced, and if they are, they are color blind.
But that’s not what has been going on for more than two years in the Twin Cities. The teachers, and kids that want to learn, in those schools long for mere misbehavior. Instead, they are trying to learn in crime-ridden inner cities, but without any police, and no consequences for the criminals. Every teacher and every student lives in fear every day. This is what progressives call “equity.”
This, gentle readers–equity–is what may be coming to your schools. Now you know.