Super PACs in Newark, Supreme Court Decision on Higher Education & Apartheid Schools

Newark First, a super PAC that supports expansion of charter schools, has raised more than $1.3 million for the mayoral campaign of law professor Shavar Jeffries.

“Contributors included several financial executives and Education Reform Now, a New York City-based group begun by financial fund managers who support charter schools. The organization has spent $444,000 on TV ads and field organizing to back Mr. Jeffries, the filing shows.”  The Wall Street Journal, April 22nd

While every single piece of data concludes the number of Blacks admitted to colleges & universities is falling off a cliff affirmative action policy, designed to equal the playing field, is being crushed by the Supreme Court:

“In my colleagues’ view, examining the racial impact of legislation only perpetuates racial discrimination.  This refusal to accept the stark reality that race matters is regrettable.  The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race, and to apply the Constitution with eyes open to the unfortunate effects of centuries of racial discrimination.  As members of the judiciary tasked with intervening to carry out the guarantee of equal protection, we ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society.  It is this view that works harm, by perpetuating the facile notion that what makes race matter is acknowledging the simple truth that race does matter.”  Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Bill Schuette v. Coalition To Defend Affirmative Action, Dissenting Opinion, April 22nd

In Tuscaloosa, Alabama a revised form of segregation has taken hold of public education:

“…the number of apartheid [1% or less White enrollment] schools nationwide has mushroomed from 2,762 in 1988—the peak of school integration—to 6,727 in 2011.” 

“When President George W. Bush came into office, approximately 595 school districts nationwide—including dozens of non-southern districts—remained under court-ordered desegregation, according to a ProPublica analysis of data on school desegregation orders compiled by Stanford University education professor Sean Reardon. By the end of Bush’s second term, that number had plummeted to 380. Nearly 60 percent of all the districts that have been released from their desegregation orders since 1967 were released under Bush, whose administration pressed the Justice Department to close those cases wherever possible. The trend has slowed under the Obama administration [my emphasis] , but it has continued. Today, about 340 districts remain under court order.”  Nikole Hannah-Jones, Segregation Now: Investigating America’s Racial Divide, ProPublica, April 16th

“Signed…An Educated Brother!”


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Sharing the belief that education is not a business, and true academic reform is the only tide that will lift all boats.
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