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CPS: We Don't Discriminate Anymore

Judge lifts desegregation decree



    CPS: We Don't Discriminate Anymore
    Now desegregation is illegal.

    For such a major ruilng, a federal judge's decision last week to end court-ordered desegregation of Chicago's public schools flew pretty close to under the radar.

    And it's left the school district and education activists scrambling to figure out what it means and where to go from here.

    After all, just last year the Chicago Tribune reported that Chicago remained the most segregated large city in America.

    And even under the court order, diversity has often been hard to come by in city classrooms.

    As with most discussions of Chicago's public schools, the most immediate concerns is focused on the city's selective enrollment and magnet schools.

    "Our primary concern is to ensure there is a fair and equal access to selective enrollment and magent schools throughout the city," ACLU legal director Harvey Grossman told Fox Chicago. "We believe there is no reason to eliminate race completely . . .  race should still be a factor if that's what's needed to ensure diversity and fairness to admissions policies."

    Well, race and clout, according to the mayor.

    "We have two completely different worlds in this city," Don Moore,the director of the education research group Designs for Change, told the Tribune. "A total disgrace."

    "The entire country is re-segregating because we’ve had the Supreme Court lower the standards and actually outlaw different kinds of forms of desegregation that were required back in the 1960s," Gary Orfield of the UCLA Civil Rights Project told WBEZ.

    But the courts aren't acting on their own.

    In this case CPS itself argued that it doesn't discriminate against minorities anymore.

    Maybe that's because minorities now make up 92 percent of its student body.

    Where's the consent decree for that?

    Steve Rhodes is the proprietor ofThe Beachwood Reporter, a Chicago-centric news and culture review.