Parents at a posh private school in New York City’s West Village neighborhood are upset over a plan that further segregates students by race, according to the New York Post.
Little Red House School’s Director Philip Kassen plans to expand a policy that places middle-school students of color in the same homeroom in the fall.
Parents learned last month that the policy has been in place for the 2017-18 school year for 7th and 8th-grade students and that it will go into effect for 6th graders in September, per the Post.
The school has a tuition of $45,485-per-year and has kids of celebrity parents such as director Sofia Coppola and Friends star David Schwimmer.
“My daughter who is 11 was like, ‘Wow, this is crazy. They are talking about separating by color,’” one father, who wanted to remain anonymous, told The Post. “And I was thinking how antiquated is this? This is backwards. It’s almost like segregation now.”
Kassen sent a message to parents on Wednesday providing details of the race-based, which some parents say they were never aware of before.
Some parents said that for as long as their kids attended the school they were aware of the policy that placed all the children of color in one class.
“It was my daughter who immediately noticed that all the kids of color were in one class. If you’re going to have that policy, you need to be upfront,” a father, who said his daughter was placed in one of the “minority” classes, told the Post. “We realized she was placed with all the minority students, but none of her friends. It was peculiar that they didn’t spread everyone out.”
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