Johnny Barnes, attorney for the pending lawsuit against DC Public Schools, reports on US District Court judge's failure to issue an injunction stopping school closures: "The case is not over. The battle is just beginning...The ruling was on the injunction, not on the merits on the case. The govt has not even filed a response." Barnes' case centers around "protected classes" of race, residence, disability, he said, noting that 100 schools have been closed in DC since 1976, but not one in Ward 3, home to the city's wealthiest residents.
Jonetta Rose Barras says the real issue is not one of race but of class. Poor and working class people do not have equal access in terms of fighting back -- or being heard -- when closings are proposed. "They don't necessarily have the time...or the skills to adequately negotiate they system. They don't have the same relationship to government," as those in more affluent communities of whatever racial makeup.
DC schools need vision, they agree.