Having too many white students will cost a California middle school funding and imperil the jobs of some teachers and others.
Last week the Los Angeles Unified School District informed parents of students at the Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood that because the white population had exceeded 30 percent, it had to make cuts.
Under provisions of a district policy, the school had qualified for additional funding, which enable the hiring of more teachers and having smaller classes, because it had a student body that was 70 percent or higher of Hispanics, blacks, Asians and non-Anglos. However, in the last two years that percentage has fallen beneath the 70 percent level, meaning Walter Reed no longer qualified for those extra funds.
The announcement infuriated parents, who fear that class sizes will increase as the number of teachers and other school personnel decreases.
Originally published by The New York.