The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has a race-based funding policy: schools get more funds if their white student population is below 30%.
A perverse consequence of LAUSD’s race-based preferential funding policy is that if a school has a white student population of over 30%, then the school gets penalized with budget cuts.
According to KABC: 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.
The Los Angeles Unified School District provides more funding for schools where the white population is below 30 percent.
In a letter to parents, the district noted the highly regarded middle school had been above the percentage for the past couple years.
The racial formula was a condition imposed by court decisions dealing with desegregation in the 1970s.
Parents, however, remain frustrated with what the cuts might mean for their children.
“When your class sizes are getting larger and you’re taking resources away from students, I mean ss parents, you do want your kid to go out to college,” one parent, Rosemary Estrada, said.
In an attempt to lessen the budget cuts, the district changed the school’s spending formula to one based on the number of students.
“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.
Several jobs will still be lost and class sizes could grow. For many parents, the race-based reason of “too many white students” has made the cuts more difficult to swallow.
People are understandably outraged that their kids’ school is facing cuts, all because there are too many white kids. And every student feels the consequences, not just the white students. I’m sure this move and this policy will do wonders for race relations at the school, particularly between whites and Hispanics, which make up the greatest ethnic group at the school.
I think what they’re trying to do is make sure whites aren’t disproportionately represented at the school compared to the surrounding area.
In North Hollywood, for example, whites comprise about 27 percent of the population. Latinos comprise about 57 percent.
I wonder at what point will California start imposing restrictions on residents themselves. What if North Hollywood or Los Angeles has “too many whites?” Will there be an incentive for cities to keep their white populations down?
Whites are the minority group in North Hollywood. Latinos are the majority. Ironically, the school is cutting funding, because the minority population is getting “too high.”
If they want to maintain the funding that they had before, students should start “identifying” as Latino, regardless of which race they were born with.