White flight and racism trump integration.

Robert Robillard
Roanoke, VA

I teach at a white flight private school that now aims to be diverse. Another element that must be as true in Tuscaloosa as it is in Roanoke or Richmond, is that black families who have the means (not just money but social capital), frequently get their best and brightest into successful county schools or private schools. This brain drain from the city school districts adds another challenge to improving test scores. Educating all of our students well is the most important problem we face as a society.


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