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Schools at odds in racial division - Hearne ISD sues nearby Mumford for "white flight"
Houston Chronicle ^ | August 3, 2003 | JAMES KIMBERLY

Posted on 08/03/2003 12:44:26 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

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To: SickOfItAll
The drumbeat is getting louder. More mothers are staying home. More parents are teaching at home or supporting private schools. More blacks are demanding vouchers to get away from rotten schools. More hispanics are demanding English only.
52 posted on 08/03/2003 2:07:16 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Clara Lou
Also, I currently teach (in a much larger town) with a teacher who formerly taught in Hearne ISD. She taught ESL (no specialization in that area), Spanish (no specialization in that area) and about 4 other subjects, including industrial technology and various computer courses. Does this help explain why people are taking their children out of Hearne schools? [In our district, she's currently teaching computer classes and industrial tech.]

I understand...they're the ones who keep their jobs. If a teacher pushes the level and brings it up (s)he gets to move. It's sad, but true and no one will defend you. This is a barometer of the downfall of the nation. You have mail.

53 posted on 08/03/2003 2:10:38 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (De tal palo, tal astilla.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
What's more, Henslee said, the practice violates the federal desegregation order that governs Texas. While the order allows students to transfer from one school district to another as long as the receiving school district can accommodate them, it expressly prohibits transfers that will alter the racial makeup of either school district by more than 1 percent.

Gosh, that wouldn't have been a ruling by a liberal activist judge, would it?

54 posted on 08/03/2003 3:06:20 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone
St. Petersburg is grappling with this formula too. It is running into trouble across the country and it's coming from parents of all shades.
55 posted on 08/04/2003 12:37:23 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: sgtbono2002

I went to Hearne High School and graduated from there. I now have two brothers that attend Mumford. Yes I am white, but I had no problem attending a predominatly black school. The problem I have with Hearne Schools now is the lack of educationl excellence. Students have every right to choose where they want to go to school if the school they go to is not fulfilling its academic responsiblilites. Hearne I'm sorry to say is not doing that at all.

56 posted on 09/08/2004 1:39:11 AM PDT by TexasAggie2006
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To: All
The latest:

Two school districts embroiled in racial tug of war (this one has it all: choice, naacp, money tug)***MUMFORD - About 70 white students were turned away from their schools here for two days this week as their parents, school administrators and civil rights attorneys fought the latest round in a racially charged legal battle between two small-town Central Texas school districts.

A ruling Friday will allow the students, who had transferred from lower-performing schools in nearby Hearne, to return to their classrooms in Mumford on Monday.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted an emergency stay to allow the transfer students to remain until a hearing in early October. Students, some of whom have attended the 460- student Mumford district since kindergarten, were banned earlier this week, after U.S. District Judge William Wayne Justice ruled that their transfers violated federal desegregation laws by significantly altering the racial makeup of the school districts.

......"This is an education flee. They're running to get an education. It's not about race or color," said Tim Johnson, a 1985 graduate of Hearne High, whose 13-year-old son attends Mumford. "I feel sorry for the kids that are (at Hearne) and cannot get out and go somewhere else."

....."It was awful," said Reed, adding that teachers were starting to organize to home-school children who didn't want to attend Hearne schools.......***

57 posted on 08/13/2005 12:56:19 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: sgtbono2002

Our school district closed my kids' school in June. Out of 31 elementary schools to choose from (and 8 on the California list of failing schools that could be taken over by the state), the district chose our school. It had the 6th highest test scores in the district and was a National Blue Ribbon and California Distinguished school.

The district made a list of 8 potential schools to close. None of the schools in the primarily hispanic part of town where enrollment is dropping were on the list.

Out of the 8 schools, they didn't want to close a magnet school that costs twice as much to operate and has lower test scores because they wanted to give the lower income children more choice in schooling.

58 posted on 08/15/2005 2:15:12 AM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
My children were 2 of the 70 students who were allowed to return to school in Mumford today. The whole issue here is about money. Hearne doesn't care about educating my children. We chose Mumford over 6 years ago for our children because of the education they provided. Because they are white they were going to be forced into a school that barely passes on its TAKS tests. I will home school first.
59 posted on 08/15/2005 7:47:50 PM PDT by Hearne1995
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To: Hearne1995
I find this a fascinating case Hearne1995. Keep us up to date on what's happening.

Each case like this need exposer. Other districts will follow suit.

I hope this goes to the Supreme Court.

It would be grand if it took us further down the road to having taxed dollars follow the student, even to their homeschool.
60 posted on 08/16/2005 12:59:55 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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exposer = exposure.

It's early.

61 posted on 08/16/2005 1:08:59 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
So let me get this straight. They State is going to sue 'white' people for not going to a certain school which has a large percentage of Mexican students.

The school admitting the 'white' kids apparently has a superior record when it comes to actually educating children, and the parents of the 'white' kids can actually pay for this superiour educatioin.

Is that about right?

Well pardon me for taking things to the extreme but it seems that the correct 'judicial rememdy' is for the Judge to order that all the 'white' kids be required to attend the admittedly inferior school. If necessary , the Judge can order Marshalls in to ensure that his order is enforced.

To take this entire silly thing to its logical extreme, the Judge could also order that no 'white' families can move out as that would obviously constitute 'white flight' on a larger scale.

Hell, maybe the Judge could order the County to put up a large barbed wire fence around the neighborhood in question just to make sure none of the families affected by his order can vote with their feet.


62 posted on 08/16/2005 1:14:07 AM PDT by Lurker (" Many are already stating that the decision in Kelo renders the contract null and void." I agree.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
This topic was brought up on Bill O'Reilly tonight. He said the white students won a partial victory and it looks good for them.
63 posted on 08/17/2005 6:48:08 PM PDT by TheForceOfOne (The alternative media is our Enigma machine.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

So what ever happened in the Mumford vs Hearne fight? The courts ever rule?

64 posted on 08/31/2005 7:40:05 AM PDT by mdmathis6 (Even when a dog discovers he is barking up a wrong tree, he can still take a leak on it!)
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To: mdmathis6
Two school districts embroiled in racial tug of war (this one has it all: choice, naacp, money tug)
65 posted on 08/31/2005 9:06:04 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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