Supreme Court revisits affirmative action for college admissions

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to revisit affirmative action in college admissions, placing a decade old (5-4) court ruling at risk from today’s more conservative court. The former ruling involved the University of Michigan Law School, which permitted racial diversity to qualify as a compelling governmental interest in public higher education. The new case originates from the University of Texas at Austin. The university policy keeps otherwise qualified applicants from admissions by admitting less qualified applicants in some...

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Why are RSD205 taxpayers paying for busing to out-of-school daycare?

An article in Monday’s Rockford Register Star concluded that shifting to elementary school zones is putting a crimp in the free busing of hundreds of students to day care centers before and after school. This should be good news for RSD205 taxpayers. Talk about a “free ride” at the taxpayer’s expense! The district has been providing transportation to day care facilities free of charge since the 1990s under the current choice assignment plan, even before the court ordered busing. The day care centers have, in most...

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Sheffield’s cuts needed to control deficit spending and to right-size the district

Superintendent LaVonne Sheffield’s budget plan is on target. In order to cut $50M from the district’s budget, whether it is accomplished in one or two years, the proposed budget cuts must be in the areas that have expenditures large enough to meet the reduction goals set by the 2012 Budget Committee. Comments from the parents, students, teachers and many in the community are sure to rise to a crescendo, but cutting $50M from the district’s discretionary spending of $340M, requires that 1 dollar of every 7 dollars expended be...

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Student assignment vote represented the demographics of Rockford

Two blogs, printed in Sunday’s Rockford Register Star, turned the Rockford School Board’s 5-2 vote for zoned schools and the people at the board meeting who witnessed it, into a power struggle with racial overtones. Excerpt from Sweeny Report: The folks in favor of the current, modified choice plan tend to be the poor, the west siders, the voiceless of our community. The front page picture in the newspaper said it all: The people happy with the 5-2 vote were all-white, and all-connected. Even though only 35 percent of District 205...

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Rockford Board votes for zoned schools – it’s time to move forward

The Rockford Board of Education, after a year of investigation with focus groups, open houses and parental surveys, voted with the overwhelming majority of their constituents Tuesday night when they  voted for option 2 – zoned elementary schools based on geographical boundaries. Excerpt from the Rockford Register Star: Kindergarten students will attend the elementary school closest to their home next fall, after the Rockford School Board voted 5-2 Tuesday to implement an assignment plan based on geographic boundaries. Board members Lisa...

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