On paper, merging SUNO with UNO makes sense and there is an argument that could be made that it is well past time to put a segregation-era dual system to rest. But Gov. Jindal isn’t really making that argument. And no one believes that SUNO, as an HBCU or anything, will survive the merger. The state university system is in crisis but a large part of the budget crisis has come from the Jindal administration with multi-million dollar cuts and constant threats of more. [Yes, I know the state made plenty of mistakes with higher education money and no-plans in the past and up to the present. That’s no excuse. Where are all these college-bound charter school graduates supposed to go? They can’t all go to Harvard, Yale and Rice.] Now triage is called for. And now black folks may see this as their hard-won and -earned past being flushed down the toilet by a governor who trotted out the old segregation-era term “outside agitators” to woo north LA.
And there may be a fight for the Colton building:
At a Recovery School District meeting Tuesday night, the neighborhood group held green signs that read, “Real community choice for Colton.” Other corners of the room at Joseph A. Craig Elementary were filled with parents, teachers and students wearing KIPP T-shirts.
“We already have the KIPP option downtown,” said Chris O’Neill, who lives seven blocks from Colton and has a 2-year-old daughter. “How about another choice? Let’s try something else.”
Whose hands does it play into that the neighborhood opposition at the meeting was largely white and the KIPP supporters largely black?
And how does the renewal of KIPP charters, including a 10-year renewal [I wasn’t aware such was possible] for KIPP Believe College Prep, play into all this, if at all? Can it not?
And when/if KIPP moves from Douglass to Colton, what happens to Douglass? Was a school with strong community support kicked out, period, instead of reformed or helped or transformed? Or is KIPP a settlement to claim an area for “other use”? The opaque/non-existent system for assigning school buildings, and the charter “revolution” in general, encourages conspiracy theories.