That’s the bumper sticker (without the question mark) I see on school buses at home.
Apparently the latest move has gotten En Revanche thinking rather dramatically:
… in this day and age, I never dreamed anyone would seriously attempt to challenge Brown v. Board of Education.
The Nebraska State Legislature had other ideas... and the representative leading the charge for the re-segregation of the Omaha public schools is an African-American...
The current state of play is a bit different, and involves money and power and assets and the local towns.
Here’s a Sunday World-Herald piece that discusses one aspect of it, linked to remind people that relying on the AP isn’t always the best news about local stories.
Here’s a quick summary as I see it, likely misremembered.
The Nebraska state constitution has a section in it about schools. Omaha city decided that either it hadn’t been enforced and needed to be, or used it as a raw play for tax money from the suburbs and neighboring towns, depending on to whom you talk. At the same time, towns around Omaha are scrambling for all sorts of ways to avoid getting annexed as well as losing their control and tax base.
And there are sideshows, like the written agreement between Bellevue and Papillion for the S.I.D. region between them getting ambushed because one town’s got some aldermen who see Papillion getting richer and wants that tax base, so they’re trying to take the schools…ugly mess, that.
So anyway, there’s lots more to the schools division thing than the thrust of the article. Mainly that if you want to see folk get ugly, mess with their schools or taxes.
I still don’t see the plus of government issue schooling, though. Education’s one of the thornier questions of raising a preschooler, I guess…
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