SIMMONS: Equality in education happening much too slowly

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Indeed, U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell signaled last week that he will take into consideration a complaint that black cheerleader and majorette selections are not being judged as fairly as their white counterparts because the black girls were not evaluated by their peers at black colleges.

Interestingly, if it weren’t for choice, New Orleans’ public school system would still be in shambles after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. As things stand now, New Orleans has more charter schools than any other U.S. school district.

And, while the District ranks No. 2 with charters, those schools are fighting for not only public dollars and closed school buildings but playgrounds and athletic facilities, too.

Like the Dixiecrats back in the day, the anti-choice Democratic practices of today, like those supported by the Obama administration and the D.C. mayor’s administration, reflect the new segregationists.

Race-based school policies, however thinly veiled, breathed new life into Jim Crow and effectively re-created de facto school segregation.

Tsk, tsk, tsk.

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Deborah Simmons

Deborah Simmons

Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...

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