[Ed. – This is one of the most poorly reported items ever. The Salon headline suggests that the student in question, a black child, is being excluded from a St. Louis school because of racist discrimination. In fact, he’s being told he can’t stay in a St. Louis metro school because his family has moved to the suburbs. The reason no exception can be made? The “desegregation” agreement reached in 1983, after the appeals court ruling in 1980. He’s the wrong color to stay in the “inner city” school — he’s supposed to go add color to the schools in the suburb his family has moved to. Doesn’t matter that the court ruling was 36 years ago. Racism lasts forever, right? Nothing ever changes?]
Edmund Lee is a third-grader at Gateway Science Academy in St. Louis, Missouri, a charter school he has attended since he was in kindergarten. Yet his family recently learned that he will no longer be able to attend the charter school because he is black. …
After this article was published, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education contacted Salon with a statement of clarification about the unusual case.
“This unfortunate situation is not due to state law or state regulations. It is a result of the student’s change in residency from St. Louis City to a school district in St. Louis County,” the department explained.
“Even if the family’s new St. Louis County school district participated in the transfer program, the student would still not be able to transfer,” it added. “This situation stems from the 1980 U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that the St. Louis City and County schools were maintaining segregated systems. In 1983, the schools reached a Desegregation Settlement Agreement allowing African American students to transfer into primarily white suburban school districts and for non-African American students to attend St. Louis schools. The goal was to try to balance the racial makeup of the city and county schools.”