Unequal opportunities

 

Re the May 18 article Concerns over ‘re-segregation’ trend: The concern is misplaced. The data clearly show that there are unequal educational opportunities in the Northwest urban core described in the article. However, there needs to be a distinction made between desegregation and integration. Having won the legal battle against segregation, it still remains for the black community to achieve equity in academic quality, allocation of resources and culturally relevant programming in its neighborhood schools.

I am not willing to grant that these goals can only be achieved by artificially contrived “diversity” and so-called “school choice.” Diversity is not a choice, it’s an outcome. School choice can only happen when there is real choice that includes educational excellence in all neighborhood schools. Is the school system throwing in the towel and admitting that it cannot educate the children of Zip code 33147?

For more than a year, the North Central Community Coalition has been trying to have this conversation with the Miami-Dade County Public School Board and Miami-Dade County mayor, to no avail.

Doretha G. Nichson, Miami

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