The Dallas Morning News
has an article entitled Irving ISD Faces Challenges as Poverty Grows in Inner-Ring Suburb
,(Katherine Leal Unmuth, July 18th, 2010) which reports the growth of suburban poverty in Irving
(part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex) especially as it relates to the public school system.
So what do you suppose is the explanation for this? Hmmm...
Here are some excerpts:
The Irving school district in many ways reflects the growth in suburban poverty across the nation. Visit Good Elementary School in south Irving, where 93 percent of the children qualify for free or reduced-price meals. On a humid summer day, 60 children trickled into the cafeteria to eat a free lunch. Among them was Mayra Cruz, 10, whose parents spent most of the year unemployed. "There are times when we don`t have sufficient money to pay for enough food," said her mother, Maria Cruz, a factory worker who was laid off in October. "This year we weren`t working."
And guess what some brilliant researchers have discovered?
Research studies â€“ including a recent report by the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public-policy organization â€“ have shown that inner-ring suburbs are increasingly diversifying and experiencing challenges once unique to major cities.
Did you notice that word "diversifying"?
Isn`t that a euphemism for "being overrun with low-income immigrants, including illegal aliens?"
Brookings looked at national census data between 2000 and 2008. It found that in 2008 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, about 47 percent of the population living below the poverty line was in the suburbs, up from 41 percent in 2000.
In other words, you can`t always run to the suburbs to escape the effects of the immigration invasion, because now they`re entering the suburbs. So you might as well stand and fight.
Whit Johnstone, the Irving school district`s director of planning, began working for the district in 1985 and has witnessed the changes. "We`re located in a suburb, but in many ways we resemble the urban community," he said.
At the end of June, about 80 percent of students in Irving schools were in poor families â€“ close to Dallas ISD`s 87 percent as of last fall. Twenty years ago, just 30 percent of Irving children were in low-income families. Irving is not alone. The majority of students in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Richardson and Garland school districts are in poor families. Even Collin County is not immune. There are schools in Plano and McKinney where the majority of children are in poor families...Unlike in Dallas, Irving ISD`s schools are majority poor at every campus, with no pockets of affluence.
About 69 percent of the district`s students are Latino, many of them children of immigrants predominantly from Mexico and El Salvador. The district`s ethnic demographics have flipped, with white enrollment dropping from 62 percent 20 years ago to 14 percent last year.
Did you notice that last part? "...white enrollment dropping from 62 percent 20 years ago to 14 percent last year..."
Sounds like ethnic cleansing, and it might be called that if it weren`t whites being cleansed.
Along with mass lower income Hispanic immigration comes lower academic performance in the schools and more taxpayer dollars (mostly paid by white people) for free meals and things like that.
Of course, the article quotes people with solutions:
The Irving district has focused on trying to improve a number of services, including educating parents in English and Spanish about the school system and how they can help their children learn better.
But shouldn`t these people learn English if they want to live in our country?
Traditionally, suburbs have lacked the infrastructure to deal with such a needy population. Irving is working to improve social support services.
Yes, more social support services. But aren`t we constantly told these immigrants are here to benefit us and we can`t do without them? Why are they so expensive?
Last year, the Dallas County Community College District opened a satellite campus in south Irving, and Parkland Health and Hospital System opened a clinic in the area in 2007. A recently formed task force of civic leaders is working on a plan to provide more services for homeless students.
And these Hispanic immigrants are going to vote for limited government and not welfare?
[State demographer Lloyd Potter] said the challenge for those communities and school districts is to address growing numbers of low-skilled workers by improving education levels.
Oh yes, "improving education levels",
the all-purpose solution.
There`s a shift in terms of the burden to cities to provide services more than they`ve had to in the past," Potter said. "Schools are a big element."
I think a better solution is to cut immigration. Give these schools a break ! Shouldn`t their home countries be educating these children?
Ask the article`s author here : firstname.lastname@example.org
The state of Texas is being invaded. And frankly, I don`t see much organized activity that is fighting to stop it. Let`s get with it, Texans!