"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Update: Rhetoric vs. Reality

Spellings' Roadmap:
NCLB shines a light in particular on students who have so often been left behind in our Nation’s schools – African American and Hispanic students, students with disabilities, students with limited English proficiency (LEP), and economically disadvantaged students.

Today's Washington Post:

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which includes a number of former Justice lawyers, noted in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee that the division has filed only a handful of cases in recent years dealing with employment discrimination or discrimination based on the statistical impact on women or minority groups. . . . The Bush administration has filed only three lawsuits -- all of them this year -- under the section of the Voting Rights Act that prohibits discrimination against minority voters, and none of them involves discrimination against blacks. The initial case was the Justice Department's first reverse-discrimination lawsuit, accusing a majority-black county in Mississippi of discriminating against white voters.

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