EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR EDUCATION
OF CHILDREN ARE GUARANTEED / PROTECTED
BY THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION !!!
In 1963, I recall my Grandpa Louis V. Bruggner, Past President of the South Bend Community School System Board (for Grades Kindergarden through 12), sat down with me during a private dinner and explained de-facto segregation and the prospect of busing children.
Grandpa referred to a recent United States Supreme Court ruling that he was going to have to manage for our Northern Indiana school community – Brown v. Board of Education.
We generally agreed that busing students was not cost-effective but that if prevailing conditions required so, poorer/disadvantaged children would have to travel long distances by bus to attend school with more affluent students. The ‘bottom line’ is that ALL American children MUST be afforded same opportunities toward an equal, fair, and equitable education.
In my present environs in southern San Mateo County (California), I have been recently dismayed that high school students from a poorer City of East Palo Alto had to commute sometimes long distances to classes in Belmont, Redwood City, Atherton, Woodside, or San Mateo.
What ‘burned my goat’ was how the local secondary school board (Sequoia Union High Schools) handled their situation… over 50 years after the ruling of Brown v. Board of Education.
Sequoia Union, in effect, was fracturing/destroying the community of the City of East Palo Alto by requiring 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders to travel to any of four non-local high schools.
This was not the case when my daughter was in high school from 1997 to 2001. All students were permitted to attend the closest high school, Menlo (Park) – Atherton.
Recently, the Board has changed their approach beginning next September. In the meantime, the local community cannot unite behind one public high school… the good old Menlo-Atherton Bears.
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All North American students and public transportation riders must have safe, reliable, green-friendly, ethically-good, and legal means of travel to school, medical treatments, shopping, recreational activities, church, and work.
This is NOT the case around here.
For instance, contrary to the 1963 United States Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education, student and rider rights are being VIOLATED.
(part 2 of a series)
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