It seems the outrage at Walter Reed Middle School (WRMS) in North Hollywood is beginning to swell, and perhaps rightfully so. Due to a law limiting funds for schools with a higher white student body, the school inevitably faces layoffs and increased class sizes in the immediate days ahead. In other words, “too many white kids, so cuts are mandatory.”
That’s right. Due to a racial formula imposed by the courts during 1970’s desegregation, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) apparently provides more funding for schools where the white population is below 30 percent, and well…WRMS has been over that 30 percent threshold for at least the past couple years. Parents were informed of this news through a letter issued by the LAUSD, and are understandably frustrated with what the cuts might mean for their children.
“When your class sizes are getting larger and you’re taking resources away from students, I mean as parents, you do want your kid to go out to college,” one parent, Rosemary Estrada, said.In an attempt to lessen the burden of the budget cuts, the LAUSD changed the WRMS spending formula to one that is based on its number of students.
“Thankfully we’re going to keep our librarian. We’re going to keep our nurse, but we may lose a few teachers, but not as many as we once thought,” said Sheila Edmiston, one student’s parent.
With these cuts coming during a time in which the mainstream media generates one racial tension after another, the LAUSD’s race-based decision has left many parents in a dumbfounded state. They’re simply left shaking their heads in frustration because they know several jobs will still be lost, and class sizes will more than likely continue to grow.