An Aurora, Colo. elementary school’s new after-school tutoring program began Wednesday with this interesting caveat: white students not wanted. Information sent home to parents implied that the program was only accepting “children of color,” and white students were excluded from enrollment.
White Students Not Wanted, Excluded From Tutoring Program
CBS4 Denver reported an after-school tutoring program was started by parents of minority students at Mission Viejo Elementary School in Aurora, Colo., and was proposed by the parents to help bridge the achievement gap seen nationally between the two general populations. The principal sent home a letter to parents specifying the program is only for students of color – white students not wanted – and now some parents are calling it discrimination.
Why Were White Students Not Wanted in the Program?
Parents the reporter spoke with said they were shocked to see, in this day and age, what they consider to be segregation. One Mission Viejo elementary parent, Nicole Cox, reportedly has a 10-year-old daughter who needs extra academic support and tutoring. The Cox family is white. Ms. Cox told CBS4, ““I was infuriated. I didn’t understand why they would include or exclude certain groups. We have come so far in all of these years to show everybody that everyone is equal, that everyone should be treated equally … this is a form of bullying,”
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