In Missouri, law still in place to keep segregation in place in schools …
Nine-year-old pupil is banned from his school after family moves further away because he is African-American
Why are these segregation laws still in place?
How come politicians in Missouri still have their jobs?
” This incident echoes the racist history of charter schools, which were used at the time of desegregation in order to continue running de facto white-only schools.” – Salon
Edmund Lee, nine, a pupil of Gateway Science Academy in St Louis, Missouri
A tale of Two Americas (One law for Black and another for White)
Edmund Lee, 9, is a pupil at Gateway Science Academy in Missouri, has a 3.83 GPA and excels in languages, math and science
Edmund Lee, his mother and his teacher want him to stay at Gateway after family moves outside the school district later this year .
The charter school has a transfer program that would allow Lee to keep studying there after the move, but thanks to a decades-old law, African-Americans are specifically barred from using it. These laws are hangovers from efforts to desegregate the Missouri school system.
“This incident echoes the racist history of charter schools, which were used at the time of desegregation in order to continue running de facto white-only schools.”
Lee pictured with mother La’Shieka White, left
The school transfer laws, some of which date back decades, are hangovers from efforts to desegregate the Missouri school system.
On the other side of the spectrum, White says she has heard from parents of white children who have also been barred from participating in transfer systems elsewhere in the state.
Photo: Facebook/Shieka White
White added: “These guidelines were put in place by the state and is unfair for my child who has been going to the school since kindergarten and has been excelling.
‘Not admitting Edmund simply because he is African American is just wrong. My son loves his school, friends, and teachers.
‘The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education should not deny my son admission based on his race.”
Assistant Principal Janet Moak said she would be open to having a debate around the transfer system and changing the rules if necessary.