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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.

james musella jr March 20, 2012 at 04:16 PM
The Malverne school district should merge with surrounding school districts, but what incentive do these districts have in merging with Malverne?
Manny Martinez March 20, 2012 at 04:32 PM
This is an interesting idea that requires further research and analysis by the Board of Education. As a resident of West Hempstead, it would be very interesting to see what the cost savings could be if West Hempstead and or Malverne were to be part of the Sewanhaka Central High School District (http://www.sewanhaka.k12.ny.us/site/default.aspx?PageID=1). According to the website...."All five schools in the Sewanhaka Central High School District have been awarded the National Blue Ribbon of Excellence and the School District has been designated a National District of Excellence."
Bill Breuer March 20, 2012 at 04:38 PM
First, the Malverne Village Trustees should demand that the school system undo the damage done in the 1960's. Specifically, all of Malverne must be unified into one school district. Currently, the school budget voting power of Malverne residents is unconscionably diluted by being divided into 3 school districts. However, asking the Village Board of Trustees to exhibit leadership is historically naive. Second, blaming school failure on lack of diversity is absolutely dishonest and a disservice to our students. How about going back to reading, writing and 'rithmetic without facebook.. Kids should be shown greater respect and held to higher standards.
Tara Conry (Editor) March 20, 2012 at 05:24 PM
@Bill Breuer: It's my understanding that the Village Trustees have no jurisdiction over the school districts in Malverne.
christine llewellyn March 20, 2012 at 06:41 PM
I believe they should merge with the other districts for more diversity...maybe then more district residents would send their children to public school!!
Theresa M. March 20, 2012 at 07:44 PM
What benefit would our school district get by merging with other districts? Each district comes with their own set of problems and ours is no different EXCEPT when something is not going according to how it should, then of course it’s blamed on a racial issue. What does it matter what the percentages are in our schools, black, white or Hispanic? Why does it matter if the residents living in Malverne do not want to take advantage of our good school district and decide to pay for and send their child to a private religious school? That is their right to do so. And the kids that go to many other "surrounding public schools" live in another school zone, it's not that they do not want to go to Malverne it's how the schools lines are divided up as all towns are. Malvernes school district has great teachers teaching our children and the district provides our children with a good solid education. Just look at all of the awards the kids in our school district have earned this year not to mention the school itself. Our school district was Nationally Recognized for its Advance Placement Program and Best Practices from higher performing elementary school. It is the narrow minded people who are constantly throwing down that race card that disgraces not only our schools but our town.
Stephannie C. March 21, 2012 at 02:55 AM
I am nauseous reading this post. Alan Singer, do you mean to tell me that you think the BEST way to get black students to do better is to introduce them into an environment with more white people??? Is no one else incredibly offended at that suggestion???? HOW COULD ANYONE LET THIS MAN SPEAK LIKE THIS??
James Joesph March 21, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Amen, if people would just close there eyes Malverne School is awesome. Funny thing is my childs homework is much more advanced then so of the so called "better school dist" on Long Island as a whole. We need to stop the bad press like this stupid article and start braging about it instead of fighting it. The BOE could use a little shaking up. I pissing me off seeing other Malverne residents walking their kids to Lourdes when they have a better school dist at their use. And also from what I see when I bring my kid to school the ratio is all equal not sure when the numbers came from, but my daughter class looks like a happy world. Which is far from the reall world, they dont see color, which is how it should be, so stop all the BS to my follow White people your being dumb, here something that will hit you hard..... Your house value suffers cause you privtae school people mess it up. Malverne could be the best village in Nassau county but because of stupid stupid minor "issue" people have ruin that.
James Joesph March 21, 2012 at 03:21 PM
pardon my gammer when I type with excitment it shows :)... bottom line it doesnt have to be this way... at all
Gerald Barr March 22, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Theresa M., please get the facts on Malverne's AP scores and the dimensions of the "Best Practices Award" before you tout them. Therein lies the purpose of an expensive public relations machine.
Theresa M. March 23, 2012 at 03:30 PM
No, that’s called educating one’s self especially when their child attends the school IN the district rather than a private school. I suggest you do the same.
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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