Sorry everyone that it has taken me so long to respond. My computer crashed just before this article posted and it through me off for a bit.
Acer - I think my mis-use of the word "segregated" led to the lily-white misunderstanding. I am aware of the racial makeup of the schools. One of the issues that I have, however is that almost all of the white students in the area primarily go to the same schools regardless of what schools they are closest to in proximity. I believe a combination of racial and class factors are involved here when they shouldn't be. In a sense, these schools are segregated, but not exactly in the way they were during the civil rights era. I agree with your point about charter schools.
Goat9 - I believe the Grady cluster's overcrowding problem and Coan's underutilized problem would be easily solved by re-routing some students from the Inman-Grady cluster to Coan - especially the ones that are geographically closer to Coan. This seems like a simple and cost-effective solution, but unfortunately it is politically untenable. Psychologically and sociologically race and class biases are real factors that shape or world (class probably more than race), bringing it up isn't pitiful, pretending these things aren't factors that affect our individual decisions and our world is.
Andnon - Thank you for clarifying a point that I could have communicated better.
While Rome Burns - I agree with you on the need for financial conservatism in APS. One thing I can't figure out is why all of this energy and effort is being spent on redistricting in order to save money, when there are so many teachers and administrators who were placed on paid leave during the cheating scandal investigation until their guilt or innocence can be sorted out. One APS official told me this was costing APS $600,000 per month - and to pay people who aren't working. I think working on sorting this out would be a more effective use of APS's resources. On your other point, I believe that petition you mentioned exists because it would very simply take care of two problems all at the same time - the Grady clusters over crowding and the "southside" under-utilization. It would also make some sense base on proximity.
Foodie2 - My greatest hesitation at communicating how I see things was that my imperfections would negatively impact how people view Jesus, Christians, and Christianity. I believe Jesus spoke against the injustices of his day. Though I can not speak to my affect, my "attempt" was not at divisiveness, but at honesty and justice. I have been working with and around APS for a number of years and this is how I have come to see some things. If I am wrong, then I am wrong.
Clockwise Cat - I believe you are speaking to the socialization of success I mentioned. To some extent I accept this on a individual level out of love for one's children, but I don't think these things should be allowed to shape APS districting decision, which I believe should be shaped based on geography, proximity, and vacancy.
EAV - I believe I have addressed most of your comments in my address to previous posters. I highly agree with your view on kids going to their neighborhood schools - based on geography, proximity, and vacancy.
All - again, sorry for the delayed response, if my computer had not crashed, we might have had more timely interactions.
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