There was a time when the Federal Government chose to involve itself in the affairs of Georgia’s schools, it was to ensure that people of color were afforded equal opportunities for education and employment. Today’s lesson from Valdosta demonstrates how government programs which extend beyond achieving the goals as intended devolve into bureaucratic rule making which inevitiably results into obsurdity.
School officials have worked for four years to balance how many black and white teachers are working in various schools.
Federal officials allege, one middle school in Valdosta is violating civil rights laws by having five too many African-American teachers.
This is the result of the Valdosta City Schools agreeing to a court-ordered de-segregation plan. The feds original lawsuit was filed in 1970. NINETEEN FREAKING SEVENTY. Let’s put that into some perspective. A child entering first grade in 1970 is now roughly 48 years old, may have grown children, and possibly even a grandchild or two. A senior graduating in 1970 is just two years away from early Social Security benefits.
With all of the problems Georgia has in education, I really don’t think anyone’s primary concern should be that there are too many teachers of any color at one school. The only quota that needs to matter is the number of kids who graduate who can read, do math, and are employable in today’s workforce. Those that aren’t can continue to work in jobs where they enforce laws like this in such a way that make a mockery of government intervention at any level.