A California middle school is facing layoffs, which in turn means a higher student-to-teacher ratio, because of a law that limits funding to public schools with a high percentage of white students.
The local ABC affiliate reports that Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, part of the LA 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.
Needless to say parents, regardless of their race or creed, are none too please about the detrimental impact the cuts will have on their children.