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Prof: Malverne Schools Should Integrate With Neighboring Districts [Poll]

Alan Singer, a Hofstra University professor, says Long Island should embrace its diversity.

The tumultuos history of race relations in the Malverne school district was the subject of a blog posted this week by Hofstra professor Alan Singer on the Huffington Post, in which he calls for the district to consolidate with neighboring ones.

Singer described a lecture he delivered last month at the Lakeview Public Library - sponsored by the Save Our Sons Network - titled "The State of School Integration on Long Island."

Calling himself a "white man and parent committed to racially integrating public schools," Singer writes about the tumultuous history of race relations in the Malverne school district, citing the differences in the demographics of Malverne and Lakeview, and the battles over school integration that took place in the 1960s.

Fast-forwarding to today, Singer says that segregation still exists in Malverne's schools, as "over 75 percent of the students...are black and Latino," despite Malverne's large white population because "many white families send their children to local religious schools or to public schools in surrounding communities." He writes that a "stigma of inferiority" is being placed on these minority students because they are being excluded.

He argues that "in an era when school reform and budget savings are championed by representatives of both major political parties, Long Island cannot economically, politically, or culturally afford to maintain small racially segregated school districts" like Malverne. He proposes that the Malverne school district merge neighboring districts in Rockville Centre, West Hempstead, Lynbrook, and East Rockaway to create a "manageable district with under 11,000 students," where the population would be 69 percent white, 14 percent black, 13 percent Hispanic, and 4 percent Asian," which would better reflect the demographics and the diversity of the area.

What do you think of Singer's statements? Do you agree that Malverne should consolidate with neighboring districts? Tell us your thoughts in the space below and vote in our poll.

R P March 26, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Some professors need to get out of the windowless office and experience the real world. Just like the idiot professor Alfred Kahn and his proposed deregulation of the airlines under Pres Carter. It wasn't the deregulation that was bad it was the way it was implemented and that that professor never considered the impact to hundreds of thousands of lives, careers, income and marriages! We have the same stupidity here. Hiding under the title "professor" somehow they think that they are the all knowing, with solutions for everyone because they think they are highly educated when in fact they live in a closet..
R P March 26, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Combining school districts is fine if it results in taxpayer savings and elimination of multiple overpaid administrators.
BARBARA KELLY April 28, 2012 at 05:10 PM
As a white Malverne resident and parent of children who attended the Malverne schools K-12, I believe that the district is too small to offer a varied and rich social and educational experience. A small school has a few advantages, but those are outweighed by the disadvantages. The tax base is too small to pay for the increasing costs of education. The high school and middle schools are too small to offer a wide variety of electives, such as language, honors classes,etc. If districts were combined, all would benefit from more resources and a lower tax rate on Malverne residents. (One reason that Malverne HS is so small is that many parents switch to private school after elementary/middle school because they are afraid of the influence of the "underachieving" black teenagers from Lakeview. I heard this directly from a white parent who took her own child to a private school after 4th grade. I heard many other racist comments like this from white parents. )
R P April 29, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Put our emotions aside & look objectively at the problems maybe we can progress. Is education of ALL our children what is important or just "My kids". We don't know which child, will develop the next PC, cure for cancer or some invention we haven't thought of. ALL children should get the best education the nation can provide, as we all benefit. The student must want to learn and get good grades and tutoring will be provided for the student with trouble, if they don't apply themselves, then we will provide them a school for discipline. Our nation's education system is broken compared to the rest of the world. ALL children should receive an equal opportunity & education. All should get I-pads or none get them. We have to breakdown those barriers if we really want to improve. We also need to recognize that it is stupid to pay for foolishness to balance "diversity". We have also gone nuts as a society with this idea of quotas, diversity, & political correctness to nauseum. How about the money wasted on overpaid and too many school boards? How does that benefit the children? As a society we have buried our heads in racial equality, diversity, social experiements and have lost site of the objective of education and our world position of superiority! The taxpayer does not have a bottomless money pit! IF joining with other school districts reduces cost and improves education then we should combine as many as we can. Diversity is secondery. There is plenty of time in life for that.
R P April 29, 2012 at 06:02 PM
I believe it has to go through the legislature, does anyone know? I don't think the decision is up to the Board and if it is, one administrator would be eliminated along with some others so do you think the board would favor their own demise even if it benefitted the children or the taxpayers?

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