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Desegregating The Obsolete Busing System At Rio Bueno High School

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Here I sit, in this chronically divided school board meeting, listening to the heated debate about the busing in our troubled school district—particularly in regards to Rio Bueno High School (RBHS). Busing may seem like not such a big issue when you first hear its topic; however, it is much like a melting ice burg exposing its web of issues as its perpetual underbelly reaches the surface. As a guidance counselor here at RBHS, I can tell you that, this busing, desegregation bussing to be more specific, has been a way of integrating other races into school since the Supreme Court Decision in Brown v. Board of Education 40 years ago. Since the 1980’s, segregation levels have increased such that urban schools are now more racially imbalanced than they were prior to the Supreme Court’s 1971 Swann v. Charlotte-Meckelburg Board of Education decision, which legitimated the use of bussing to integrate city school districts with significant residential segregation. Moreover, the gap between Black and White achievement levels, which narrowed from the early 1970s until the late 1980s, has increased during the early 1990s (Douglas, 1996) So, with this evidence, it may seem that even with the implementation of the desegregation busing system, the achievement gap is still growing between races, particularly between Black and Whites and the financial situation and the performance of the schools in this district as a whole are declining.
It is my stance that, this busing system is obsolete and the a persistent source of much of the problem that it’s claiming to solve. The current transportation idea is claiming to keep the races balanced or attempting to, but what I wonder is, why do they need to be integrated by force, why not let it happen as it will naturally? Can we try something new and let this journey of education redirected from to be focused on learning and not on skin color. These buses siphoning using valuable resources that could be used to offset the financial burdens of this school—which greater impacts the learning of the students than the color and social status of the child sitting in the desk next to them. I propose to eliminate the current transportation system and let the schools organically integrate and use these liberated financial resources to renew the schools resources to teach the children what they come to school to learn and let them be who they are.
In my counseling position here, I see the sides of the children that that statistics don't show. The causes of the demographic shifts and the individual struggles that led to the plunge in graduation rates since 2007. RBHS is in a poor and majorly minority populated neighborhood. Though, I see that there is still potential in them as individuals—which doesn't show for them as a population as a whole when you look at their numbers. Its because, sowing is inherently and perpetually being missed in them. Its like, a round peg being jammed into a square hole. There is evidence that, in...

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