Target: Dr. Margie Vandeven, Missouri Commissioner of Education
Goal: Reverse antiquated regulation that forces segregation in school transfer programs.
A boy of color could be forced out of a good school due to a law passed decades ago to address segregation issues within the state. A young African-American boy currently attends a charter school in St. Louis, but will be moving. He would like to stay in the school, but due to these antiquated regulations, he’s not going to be able to do so.
The regulation for city charter schools states that some county residents may be able to attend these schools, but they must live in a district that participates in the transfer program and cannot be African-American. Other schools have similar regulations, but prevent Caucasian students from attending.
Tell school administrators this regulation must be reversed to prevent state-sanctioned segregation.
Dear Dr. Vandeven,
It’s time to take a fresh look at a decades-old law regulating who can attend city charter schools. The law, which was initially passed to address segregation issues, is now having the opposite effect. It provides that students living outside the city may attend St. Louis charter schools, but they must live in a county that participates in the transfer program and cannot be African-American. Other schools have regulations to that effect preventing Caucasian students from attending.
We demand this antiquated law is reviewed and removed from the laws actively governing the education system in Missouri.
[Your Name Here]
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