An Atlanta mom has filed a civil rights complaint against Mary Lin Elementary School for allegedly segregating classes.
Kila Posey says the principal reached out to her last year and suggested that she put her daughter in one of the “Black” second-grade classes.
Posey said at the start of the school year last year, there were six second-grade classes, and all the Black students were separated from the White students and put into two of the six classes.
When she first told me, I was just kind of taken back. I didn’t understand.
I asked her for more clarification, I was like what do you mean?… What is that?… We have those?
It’s been a year since Posey had that conversation with the principal.
She said she tried to make things right with the school, and she has a recording of administrators admitting that they researched and confirmed that the principal was using specific classes to put Black students in.
The Atlanta Public School (APS) Board released a statement saying they do not condone this behavior.
Using race as a method for assigning students to classrooms is unacceptable. APS does not support or condone this behavior.
APS did not respond when asked if the matter has been investigated.
Kila Posey and her husband have filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, and they want real change to happen at the school.
Kila has 17 years experience in education, and her husband, who is the school psychologist at Mary Lin, has 23 years experience in education.
We want to make sure that this practice is not going on… that’s first and foremost.
The second thing that we want to make sure…that administrative team…they need to scrap it and start over.
Watch the CBS46 Atlanta news report below:
In an interesting twist to the story Kila implies that the principal is a Black woman in a different news report.
Watch the FOX 5 Atlanta news report below: