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Kozol: Inequality, “Virtually Total Segregation” in Schools Breeding Rage

AP recently reported: “Connecticut’s Supreme Court has rejected a claim by a coalition of municipalities, parents and students that the state’s educational funding formula is unconstitutional.

“A divided court overturned a lower-court judge who had ordered state officials to develop plans for an overhaul of the state’s public education system, citing a huge gap in test scores between students in rich and poor towns.”

JONATHAN KOZOL, jonathankozol at gmail.com, @jonathan_kozol
Available for a limited number of interviews, Kozol has worked with children in inner-city schools for nearly 50 years and has authored several books that have won numerous awards, including: Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools, The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America and Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation.

He said today: “Amazing! A high court in Connecticut sees no obligation to equalize school funding between poor and wealthy districts in that historically unequal state. Instead of giving poor black and Latino kids in impoverished cities such as Bridgeport an equal shot at education and a decent and rewarding life, the state simply piles on more testing and insists that kids be held ‘accountable’ if they cannot do as well as their peers in super-wealthy Darien and Greenwich.

“This is a disturbing pattern everywhere in the United States today. Don’t give poor kids the most experienced and best compensated teachers. Don’t give them small classes or the three full years of preschool that the children of the privileged enjoy. Don’t even dream of ending the virtually total segregation to which the state and nation have returned. Then hold them all accountable, not for their sins, but for ours.

“If weary semi-liberals in Connecticut, one of the nation’s richest states, lack the will to treat poor kids with fairness, they’re going to plant seeds of rage that will come back to haunt them.”