A Long Struggle for Equality in Schools


Rubin Salter, a lawyer, has been representing black plaintiffs in a Tucson desegregation lawsuit for almost four decades.

“Looking back at the school desegregation case he took as a young lawyer, Rubin Salter Jr. sees a pile of wasted money and squandered opportunities. After almost four decades in court and nearly $1 billion in public spending, little has changed for the black children whose right to a good education he had labored to defend.

They are still among the lowest-performing students in the Tucson Unified School District, still among the most likely to be suspended or to be assigned to special-education programs and still among the least likely to join groups for gifted students. They are, as Mr. Salter put it, ‘still getting the short end of the stick.'”

According to this article, superintendent of the Tucson Unified School District, John J. Pedicone, states that “the plan to desegregate includes strategies like better recruitment and training for teachers, more dual-language programs and more magnet schools. It also suggests re-engineering the curriculum to add cultural references familiar to black and Latino students, opening the doors for another political fight in a district still scarred over the end of a popular program focusing on the Mexican-American perspective that the state outlawed for being antiwhite.”

The plan to “desegregate” sounds just like good teaching to me.  I’m curious as to what the term “magnet schools” mean and what kind of ‘popular program’ focused on antiwhite perspectives.


“Magnet Schools” – web definitions:

  • In education in the United States, magnet schools are public schools with specialized courses or curricula. “Magnet” refers to how the schools draw students from across the normal boundaries defined by authorities (usually school boards) as school zones that feed into certain schools.


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