For the 400 or so students in Buena Vista, Mich., school is over, even though the academic year isn’t supposed to end until the middle of June. Instead, they will likely attend “skills camp.” If the school board approves the advancement of students — despite not finishing out the year — students will be able to attend “skills camp,” a voluntary substitute for school, the district announced Monday at a press conference with Superintendent Deborah Hunter-Harvill, Saginaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Richard Syrek, and Michigan Department of Education chief Michael Flanagan. Last week, the Buena Vista School District fired all of its teachers and closed its schools because it had run out of money. Because the district accepted money from the state for a program it was no longer providing, the state is withholding the district’s school aid for at least three months.
i have been in the middle of a severe depression that i am only just starting to feel a bit better over so i just haven’t had the heart or ability to comment on this.
but yes—you read that correctly. they are shutting down schools *in the middle of the school year*. they are saying—money is more important than keeping young people in school.
and YES—in the shock of the century, this school district is majority black. did you catch my sarcasm? you should’ve. would it be ok to shut down a majority white school in the middle of the school year? and tell the young people that they get to go to “skills camps”? (which are entirely voluntary)? would it be ok to do this to a school in a wealthy district?
this is an act of white supremacy. this is withdrawing resources from poor black people *because* they’re poor and black. this is saying that a *skills camp* is ok for poor black people, while the seniors going to school in the majority white and wealthy gland blanc suburb get college prep, SAT prep, counseling over university options, etc.
skills camp?? FUCKING SKILLS CAMP?????