Public Schools Must Develop Systems to Address Disparate Outcomes Among Minorities, Says Board

It’s “the new work of American public schools.”

A letter sent home to parents by John Handley High School in Winchester, Virginia, has raised concern that skin color is becoming a determining factor in what schools teach children.

The letter states that like many districts around the U.S., Winchester Public Schools is experiencing “disproportionate” outcomes across the race and social class of students. The concern among educators is America becoming a majority minority nation over the next two decades and doing something about that now.

“The new work of American public schools is to develop systems to address disparate outcomes,” the letter states — a keen insight into how far schools have moved away from simply teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic. 

And with a three-fold plan including “community engagement, culturally responsive practices, and proportional outcomes,” WPS aims to make its classes properly represent America’s ethnic breakdown:

Through our collective work, advanced classes such as AP and Honors will have proportional representation. Proportional representation is 40% White, 35% Hispanic, 12% African American, 10% mixed race.

Notice the school wants this to be reflected specifically in AP courses, which requires an entrance exam. And as one honors teacher noted on Fox News’s website, “It is statistically impossible to have such proportional representation in ONE AP course, let alone ALL AP courses.”

“To even have ‘proportional representation’ of students who have qualified to even take an AP class is in itself impossible," the teacher adds.

But for the sake of argument, the teacher explained that even if the acceptance rate in AP courses did reflect that specific racial breakdown going into the semester, it could never retain it as various students are dropped from the course or can’t keep up the minimum grade requirements. Therefore, the only qualification that matters in AP/Honors courses is intelligence, not skin color.

A spokesperson for the district, of course, denies the accusations of meeting racial quotas, and insists “all students must meet academic criteria” regardless of their race. But that’s not the impression gleaned from the letter:

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