U46 defends gifted programs as not ‘segregated’ (Sun-Times Media)

by Emily McFarlan Miller

CHICAGO — Judge Robert W. Gettleman said Wednesday he had problems understanding why a school district would put Hispanic students it considered proficient in English into a gifted program solely for Spanish-speaking students.

Gettleman said that doesn’t seem “compatible” with the stated goal of a district’s English Language Learners program to prepare ELL students for success in an English-only classroom.

And he had a problem Elgin School District U46 Superintendent Jose Torres’ suggestion: “There’s a sense of empowerment you get from seeing students who look like you.”

“If that’s the case, we would have segregated schools,” Gettleman said. “Brown vs. Board would have been wrongly decided.”

But that wasn’t the case in U46, according to witnesses who testified later Wednesday in the racial discrimination trial against the Elgin school district in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago.

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