Tuesday, May 08, 2007
50 Years Later: Blacks Call for Ouster of African-American School Superintendent
Tuesday May 8, 2007 - 50 years after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision to desegregate the public school system in Little Rock, Arkansas angry African-American members of the school board are trying to use their new majority to oust African-American Roy Brooks.
Brooks, the Little Rock Superintendent, is taking heat (despite improving student test scores and enrollment) from the black community for cutting jobs from the school system to cut costs.
Adam Nossiter wrote an excellent piece in today's New York Times online edition that looks at the same school system where troops from the 101st Airborne Division once had to escort 9 black students to Central High School because of violent white opposition to them being educated in the same classrooms as white students.