29 October 2016

Alabama, Race and Education

This is Section 256 in Alabama's state constitution:

Duty of legislature to establish and maintain public school system; apportionment of public school fund; separate schools for white and colored children.
The legislature shall establish, organize, and maintain a liberal system of public schools throughout the state for the benefit of the children thereof between the ages of seven and twenty-one years. The public school fund shall be apportioned to the several counties in proportion to the number of school children of school age therein, and shall be so apportioned to the schools in the districts or townships in the counties as to provide, as nearly as practicable, school terms of equal duration in such school districts or townships. Separate schools shall be provided for white and colored children, and no child of either race shall be permitted to attend a school of the other race. 
In 2004, the state legislature defeated a constitutional amendment that would have struck down Section 256 from Alabama's constitution.

For those of you trying to process what seems unbelievable, I'll spell it out. Federal law prohibits segregation in American schools; Alabama's state constitution still mandates it.

Across the nation, Alabama's school system is 2nd worst and Trump's odds of winning are 2nd best. That might be just a coincidence.

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