â€œSEPARATE BUT EQUALâ€ EDUCATION: The Wall Street Journal reports that Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings will ask Congress to waive a federal law that bans educational segregation for homeless children. The Bush administration is arguing, along with states like Utah and Texas, that providing schooling for evacuees â€“ who, in this case, are likened to homeless children â€” will be disruptive to public school systems, so they want to have sound legal backing for creating separate educational facilities for the 372,000 schoolchildren displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The State of Mississippi is opposed to waiving the Act because they argue the law helps evacuees enroll in schools without red tape. [WSJ, â€œSchooling Evacuees Provokes Debate,â€ 9/14/05]
Of course the administration will get its way, and of course they will be sued, and of course by the time it wends its inevitable way to the Supreme Court the damage will be done. These children will, of course, be the “Children Left Behind” by the President responsible for the No Child Left Behind Act.