Friday, September 02, 2005

R.I.P. Wilmer-Hutchins students

The end has come for a troubled school district .... officially. It was an exercise in inner corruption and malfeasance condoned by the adults who lived there and perpetuated and tolerated by the very state officials that pulled the switch to put it out of its misery.

Troubled school district to be permanently closed
By the Associated Press
AUSTIN — The Texas Education Agency plans to permanently dissolve the troubled Wilmer-Hutchins school district and send its students to Dallas schools, Education Commissioner Shirley Neeley said today.
The move would be effective July 1, pending clearance by the U.S. Justice Department, Neeley said in a statement.
State law allows the Texas Education Agency to close a school district that, like Wilmer-Hutchins, has been rated academically unacceptable for two consecutive years.
Wilmer-Hutchins' roughly 2,700 students began attending Dallas schools last month after a state-appointed board of managers decided to shutter the impoverished district for a year to make sweeping changes.
"The districts problems have escalated from bad to worse over decades," Neeley said. "These students have spent their school years in a district racked by scandal and mismanagement.
"I cannot in good conscience allow any child to be educated in this inadequate system."

Rest in peace, Wilmer-Hutchins.

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