One of the New Hanover County Schools' Vision Statements is:
We have equity at all schools regarding facilities, services and staffing.
On May 17, 1954, in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, the US Supreme Court's unanimous (9–0) decision stated that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal."
I don't understand how these two simple statements can be ignored by the current New Hanover County Board of Education.
I don't understand how, since Wilmington has mostly segregated neighborhoods, we can expect to have unsegregated neighborhood schools. "Neighborhood schools" is a "nice" way of saying "segregated schools". "Magnet schools" is a "nice" way of saying "segregated schools with a black majority, but if we put a fancy name like School of Science and Math in front of the name, maybe people won't notice".
Actually, race and economic status DOES matter in the expectations for New Hanover County students and schools. I know this because I taught at the "best school under the sun" -- Williston. There was an unwritten, but often said phrase (among educators!) that Virgo and Williston were expected to come in at the bottom in achievement tests, and not just because the names of the schools are at the bottom of the alphabet.
I loved teaching at Williston, but we always felt like underdogs. Always.
-- Very Concerned in Wilmington
p.s. I'm white, if that matters.
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