|Huntsville NAACP threatens violence if Superman doesn't show up|
This is the reason Honors classes are being canceled around the nation; why science laboratories are being de-funded; and why any type of scholastic achievement test is denounced as cultural biased and, yes, racist.
That AP classes are rare at majority Black schools and AP classes lack Black enrollment elsewhere is a crisis that can only be resolved with either the de-funding of Advanced Placement classes or a lowering of the qualifications to gain entry into them.
The Department of Education cowers to Black Run America (BRA) and institutes a policy of “if everyone is special, then no one is” and “celebrate mediocrity.”
NAACP chapter president Alice Sams and other leaders from Huntsville's black community are accusing Huntsville City Schools of creating a divided system tilted against black students. The NAACP said the school district has failed to abide by a 1970 federal court order that officially eliminated segregation in schools for Alabama and other southern states.
"We have compiled a list of concerns, which in short is entitled 'What We Want," said Sams. "If satisfactory steps are not taken to satisfy our concerns, we may petition the state department of education to take over Huntsville City Schools and request Department of Justice and federal court intervention."
NAACP officials say the alleged inequalities will only be made greater if several schools targeted for closure in predominantly black North Huntsville end up shutting their doors. The organization cited a forty point achievement gap between black and white students on standardized state tests, calling the results unfair and unacceptable. Sams said the blame did not fall on students or their parents, but rather on schools she claims are inferior compared to those in predominantly white South Huntsville. School closures are a likelihood as the district aims to overcome a $20 million budget deficit.
"It is our opinion that we have a divided system," said Sams. "One for black students in the north end of town, separate, unequal and academically unsucessful; and one for the white students on the south end of town...All efforts to terminate the 1970 court order will be opposed by us until concerns to satisfy the racial and academic inequalities as stated are resolved."
Sams ended her speech with a bold statement.
"Those who make peaceful revolutions impossible make violent revolution inevitable," said Sams, who quoted former president John F. Kennedy. When asked to clarify her remarks and how it applied to the context of the school system, she referred back to the original quote.
"You know what the quote means," said Sams. "I quoted the president (Kennedy). He was a peaceful president, so I did a quote. You can interpret it anyway you want to, I just quoted."
DeKalb County schools have until Oct. 31 to make changes or risk accreditation sanctions.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced Thursday that the state’s third-largest district has work to do on meeting national accreditation standards. SACS placed the district on advisement, which is a step preceding probation.
SACS ordered the district to meet eight improvement steps, which included rewriting policies, redistricting and closing schools, and fixing the administration of state standardized tests.
“For accreditation purposes, they are not in crisis,” SACS’ president and CEO Mark A. Elgart said. “It’s not to say these challenges are minimized or not real.”
SACS put the school system under review last year after citing concerns following the indictment of the DeKalb former superintendent and chief operating officer. A team from the accrediting agency visited the district in January to conduct the review.
SACS is particularly concerned over the school board securing a permanent superintendent, implementing newly enacted policies and procedures, addressing ongoing legal matters and improving its governing effectiveness.
SACS governs about 27,000 schools and 5,000 districts across the nation. Fewer than 10 districts are currently on probation. An average of about 12-15 percent of the 5,000 fully accredited districts are under advisement, including Cobb County, Elgart said.
Atlanta Public Schools’ high schools were placed on probation in January and are now working with SACS. The accrediting agency is expected to return to Clayton County schools on April 24-26 to review determine if they will remain on probation. In 2008, Clayton became the first school system in the nation in nearly 40 years to lose district-wide accreditation.
Unlike Atlanta, DeKalb’s full district is accredited. An accreditation loss could impact scholarship money, federal funding, college acceptances, property values and pre-kindergarten funding.
State Sen. Emanuel Jones (D-Decatur) said Thursday that he had not yet seen a copy of the report, but said it was critically important that the board work together and with other officials to ensure the district meets the recommendations.