FAYETTE COUNTY, TN (localmemphis.com) – Fayette County students were headed back to school while their parents took to the picket line.
They are upset over recent changes to school district boundaries. The new changes have resulted in some students being moved to different schools.
Fayette County Schools says the redistricting was necessary so the district would be in compliance with federal desegregation laws. (WOW, the problem word in that sentence is FEDERAL. The control of our schools needs to be returned to the local level)
A lawsuit from the 1960's was just settled two years ago and is now going into effect. (Another WOW! A 1960's law suit was just settled 2 years ago? Does anyone else have a problem with that? This is 2014. The circumstances from the 1960's are very different from the circumstances of NOW! Ever heard of nullification, I'm thinking that would be appropriate here.)
Almost 100 Fayette County students were required to change schools to reach the mandated ratio of white and black students in each classroom. (Shuffling students around like they are pawns on a chessboard, ain't diversity grand? Whatever happened to the dream of seeing not color everywhere you turn? Or is that so passe?)
It's billed as 'Controlled Choice,' but parents who are protesting say they were never given a choice. (Awwww Controlled Choice. Ummm isn't that a contradiction in terms? And doesn't it sound so sovietesque?)
Their kids used to attend school at Oakland Elementary, which is right around the corner from their home. They say now their kids are being moved to a school that is more than ten miles away. (Separating families from the schools in their neighborhoods creates a barrier for the parents to be more involved with their childs school. Or is that the purpose? I think this was the main downfall of segregation)
"There’s dozens and dozens of parents who now have to go across the county to get their kids to and from school," said parent Chris Nicholson.
Chris and Jenny Nicholson's son is starting third grade. He is one of the 77 Fayette County students who will be going to a new school this year.
"They want to go to school with their neighborhood kids. They've got friends they've made, they've got a routine. This is totally disrupting all that," said Jenny Nicholson. (Ummm Jenny, the elites making these decisions know better than you do, so go back home and eat your crap sandwich while WE elitist overlords ruin what's left of public education.)
Buckley Carpenter Elementary will open in January. In the meantime, those students are at Central Elementary School.
To comply with federal law, 51 students from Oakland are now attending there, 25 from that school are at Oakland.
"It's 35 minutes away from my home," mother Enjelica Tran said. "We didn't have a choice." (You see, you do have a choice, it's called "controlled choice" and you will comply or perhaps you'd like to attend some re-education camp?)
"When a federal judge tells you to do something, you do it," said Fayette County School Board chairman James Garrett. (James sweetie, I think I have heard that somewhere before, I was just following orders? Believe it or not, federal judges were never intended to hold this much power over the people. You probably don't know this but if you would read your constitution, you would know that the judicial branch holds the least amount of power in our country. Yes, yes I know you have been indoctrinated with the whole 3 equal branches of government but none of the branches of government were meant to be equal. The legislative branch was meant to be the most powerful, then the Executive branch and lastly the judicial branch. Sadly, this fact is not known but will be explored here in another post in the near future. Stay tuned, maybe you could learn something.)
Garrett said his kids are among those affected.
"Advice I'm giving to my child? Be excited. Yes, you're on the bus ten miles difference. But everything's in front of you-new building, new friends," Garrett said.
As far as complaints about past troubles with school buses, Garrett said those issues are being addressed.
"This year, the board got on its game. We hired a new consultant to help with routing,” Garrett said. (Oh boy, you government people sure do love your consultants. Parents on the other hand don't like the inconvenience of driving 35 minutes to take their kid to school.)
"They have elementary school kids on the same buses as high school kids. 53 to be riding that long distance and that amount of time with all this mix of older kids and younger kids, it's just not safe,” said Jenny Nicholson. "Even though school has started, we're not going to stop the fight. This is our child's future." (Keep up the fight Jenny. Believe it or not, you are the rightful master of what should be your "controlled choice, you know that whole "of the people, by the people, and for the people thing? It's not just a cliche.)