Earlier this year, to stop the flight of students from the rotting Grand Rapids public school district, Superintendent Bernard Taylor implemented a new policy of refusing student requests for transfers to other districts. Unless exceptional circumstances can be proven, a student who is a resident of the city of Grand Rapids will be forced to attend a Grand Rapids public school -- unless, of course, his or her parents can afford the price tag for a private or parochial education.
That is certainly one way to stem declining enrollment. Imprison the kids within the system (while, incidentally, putting the lie to the rationale for spending taxpayer dollars on new buildings).
At Monday's regular meeting, members of the Grand Rapids public school board vociferously defended Taylor's new policy. In fact, they even denounced the parents who opposed Taylor's crackdown on transfers. Indeed, the repulsive Arnie Smithalexander accused dissenting parents of "blatant racism", a disgusting slander that once again demonstrates this woman's lack of fitness for public office. Of course, educrat apparatchik and board v.p. Lisa Hinkel was in lock-step with Smithalexander, while none of our other public servants demanded an apology for the outrageous statements of their colleague. But you see, dear readers, this is the way of thugs. They get what they want from you through coercion, and if you have the temerity to complain, they will vilify you.
So down comes the Iron Curtain around the Grand Rapids public school district.