The Principal Who Should Be Fired – Along With Everyone Who Went Along With Her.

There are very few things that we come across that are mind blowing and jaw dropping. After years of this blog being a part of the blog-o-sphere, we are more cynical than we used to be.

This story has us shaking our head for so many reasons.

Let us introduce you to Sharyn Briscoe.

Mary Lin Elementary School principal Sharyn Briscoe

Briscoe is the principal of the Mary Lin Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia.

Kila Posey, the Vice President of the Parent Teachers Association at the school approached Briscoe concerning her daughter who she felt would do better in a class with another teacher.

Briscoe denied the request and the reason is stunning:

Posey said she found out the school was putting Black students in two separate classes with two separate teachers.

The white kids were placed in six classes with six different teachers.

The parent said she found this out when she let Briscoe know she wanted her child placed in the

classroom of a teacher she thought would be a good fit.

Posey said the principal told her that wouldn’t work.

“She said that’s not one of the Black classes, and I immediately said, ‘What does that mean?’ I was confused. I asked for more clarification. I was like, ‘We have those in the school?’ And she proceeded to say, ‘Yes. I have decided that I’m going to place all of the Black students in two classes,’” Posey said.

This so called “educator” was actively segregating kids by race in a public school.

Kila Posey

The mother said she insisted her daughter be placed in a white class but the principal said it meant the girl would be isolated.

“I explained to her she shouldn’t be isolated or punished because I’m unwilling to go along with your illegal and unethical practice,” Posey said.

The mother said she has “lost sleep” trying to work out why the school thought it was a good idea.

“It was just disbelief that I was having

this conversation in 2020 with a person that looks just like me — a black woman,” Posey said.

“It’s segregating classrooms. You cannot segregate classrooms. You can’t do it.”

Briscoe’s stupidity and illegal conduct was tacitly approved by others in the school:

The Poseys recorded a call with an assistant principal where they complained about the segregated classes. The administrator confirmed it was the principal’s decision and seemed to offer an explanation for why the classes were set up this way.

“I just wish we had more Black kids, and then some of them are in a class because of the services that they need,” the administrator said on the recording.

We have no idea what “services” means. Maybe it is more tutoring. Maybe it is more remedial work. Maybe it is work that is either at a higher or lower grade level so that kids that are under achieving can get their grades up and kids that are over achieving aren’t bored.

Those divisions should be based on the performance of the child, not their race.

The Posey’s have filed complaint at the federal level, as well they should:

Kila Posey has filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

Her attorney Sharese Shields said what’s going on at Mary Lin is a violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 says that you cannot treat one group of people differently based upon race, and that is what is going on at Mary Lin,” Shields said.

The Atlanta Public School District said they have investigated the matter and issued a statement:

“Atlanta public schools does not condone the assigning of students to classrooms based on race. The district conducted a review of the allegations. Appropriate actions were taken to address the issue and the matter was closed.”

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary:

Since some folks don’t condone even minor usage slips, you might want to get the meaning of this word straight. Although English speakers sometimes use “condone” with the intended meaning “approve of” or “encourage,” the more established meaning is closer to “pardon” or “overlook.” “Condone” comes from the Latin verb condonare, which means “to absolve.” “Condonare” in turn combines the Latin prefix con-, indicating thoroughness, and donare, meaning “to give” or “to grant.”

The School District seems to be trying to say that they did not “pardon or overlook” the segregation at Mary Lin Elementary School.

Then how did it happen?

Was the School District so lax in oversight that no one even thought to ask “why are all kids of one race in two classrooms while all kids of another race are in other classrooms?”

Of course it was overlooked. The School District was either complicit or blindingly, ridiculously, morally, ethically and legally stupid. Take your pick.

At least the School District allegedly corrected the situation.

We say “allegedly” because when multiple news agencies have asked what the “appropriate actions that were taken” were, the School District refuses to say.

So much for transparency within that School District who is more willing to cover up their own backsides than be open about how the situation was addressed. (As we said, our belief is that anyone who touched this policy without dissent should be looking for a new job.)

While we, like Kila Posey, are dumbfounded at what happened at the school and the decisions made by the principal and administration, all is not lost.

We say that because of Kila Posey herself.

Unlike others, Posey is involved in her daughter’s education. She isn’t willing to be subservient to the whims of some principal and School District. She wanted answers not only for her kids, but for others. As the vice president of the PTA, Posey is involved for other kids and their families as well.

We love that about her.

We need more parents like her and fewer “educators” like Briscoe, the school administration and the Atlanta Public School District.

Involved parents has always meant better education for students.

We are sure that this incident is not pleasant for Posey and her family, but that family and the community should look at her and say “there’s a fighter who gives more than lip service to education.”

She’s not only a “talker,” but a “do-er,” and she should be commended.

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