Greenwich Time has a story on its pages entitled “Unique School Exemption Addressed” implying that the argument put forward by Board members Peter Sherr, Herr Pieter Von Brätwurst and attorney Ben Bianco that , because New Lebanon and Hamilton Avenue schools are designated “magnet schools”, they are exempt from Connecticut’s racial balance laws and we can ignore the state and get about the business of improving student performance there without interference from the Hartford.
“Addressed” can imply “considered” – a more accurate headline would have used “Dismissed”, because that’s what’s (not) going on.
Leslie Moriarty, the board’s chairman, also expressed wariness about seeking unique-school status.
“Let’s say you go forward with that plan, our history would tell you that they would not accept that decision,” she said. “And then you’re in the ambiguous world of what happens next. There’s a lot of uncertainty.”
Superintendent of Schools William McKersie said the state would entertain a Greenwich bid for unique-school designations.
“The board can vote to bring that question to them — that’s your call,” he said. “They’re open to the question, but they’re not encouraging it.”
At last week’s hearing, the board declined to answer my own question as to the status of the town’s decision whether to challenge the constitutionality of Connecticut’s racial laws and what the attorneys we hired this past June to render an opinion had concluded. Perhaps they did answer it last night, where the proceedings were conducted entirely in Spanish. If they didn’t, I’m sure they will in two weeks, when they’re holding yet another meeting, this time in Urdu.