Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: The race card?

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

The race card?

Our picks for the Fort Wayne Community Schools board can be found here.

As expected, we’ve been accused on the Code Blue blog site of playing the race card in remarks concerning candidate Evert Mol.

Race can’t be overlooked in considering candidates in this contest. FWCS is one of the most diverse school districts in Indiana, with a minority enrollment of 46 percent. The percentage is increasing steadily.

It was President George W. Bush who coined the phrase “soft bigotry of low expectations.” A candidate who insists that black students are “weak” in math fails the fundamental test of expecting all students to achieve at high levels. FWCS students deserve board members who believe they can learn and will do all possible to help them succeed, not to write them off.

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Gwinnett NAACP calls for superintendent’s resignation

Atlanta Journal Constitution (/10/08)

Gwinnett NAACP calls for superintendent’s resignation

Gwinnett branch NAACP president Jorge ” J.P.” Portalatin is calling for the ouster of the county’s schools chief and the replacement of board members up for re-election due to what he sees as racial insensitivity.

Gwinnett Schools Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks came under fire last month for comments he made about the disproportionate discipline of minority students in Gwinnett County.

The controversial comment came after an administrator said minority student discipline is a problem for school districts nationwide except in Idaho, according to a study. Wilbanks then asked the administrator, James Taylor, executive director of the department of academic support: “Do they have any blacks in Idaho? They don’t have many.”