According to a Los Angeles ABC-affiliate, parents of a highly regarded North Hollywood middle school are outraged after learning that their children's school is losing significant funding because it has "too many white students."
"Outrage has grown at Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, as the school faces layoffs and increased class sizes due to a law limiting funds for schools with a higher white student body," reports ABC7. "The Los Angeles Unified School District provides more funding for schools where the white population is below 30 percent."
The "racial formula" was first implemented in the 1970s as a means of encouraging desegregration, but as Walter Reed parents are learning, now the law can effectively punish schools for having higher percentages of white students.
ABC7 reports that parents learned about the funding cuts via a letter from the district to parents, which explained that the percentage of white students at the school had topped 30 percent for the last couple of years, thus the racial formula dictated that the school must lose some funding. The district tried to soften the blow by altering the spending formula, but that did not change the fact that a race-based policy was resulting in reduced funding.
"For many parents, the race-based reason of 'too many white students' has made the cuts more difficult to swallow," reports ABC7, which provides some quotes from incensed parents:
"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.
"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.