The Rockford Files

Trusting Whitey

On June 30, 2002, the Rockford school-desegregation lawsuit came to an end.  After 13 years of busing; the closing of numerous neighborhood schools, one of which is now a mosque and Islamic school; the construction of several massive (and massively overpriced) magnet schools, including a Spanish-language-immersion school and an environmental-science academy; white and middle-class flight from the district; declining test scores for all students, but especially minorities; decreasing security for students and for teachers; several years of illegal taxation; and almost a third of a billion dollars in taxes extracted from a city of 150,000 souls, the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals determined that District 205 had fulfilled both the spirit and the letter of the lower federal court’s integration order (no easy feat, since the court kept changing the target).  Each school in the district came within one-tenth of one percent of meeting the court’s racial quotas; astoundingly, each classroom came within a few percentage points as well, making District 205 perhaps the most racially integrated school district (simply on the basis of numbers) in the history of the United States.

And on June 28, 2007, by a five-to-four vote, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that most of what Rockford had endured had been unnecessary.  In fact, it had violated the Constitution of the United States.

Of course, Parents...

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