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Arlington Schools Sign Lucrative Contract with Race-Bating, Anti-White Consultant (12-17-07)

[WASHINGTON, DC] -- The Arlington County public schools have hired the infamous, race-baiting diversity consultant Glenn Singleton to teach the faculty about the evils of being white, about white privilege, and about the advantages of not being white.  Arlingon has agreed to pay this fraud an undiscolsed sum estimated by some to be in the six figures.

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Virgina (University of VA, Charlottesville):
Education Department investigates U. Va. admissions policies (12/08/04)

[RICHMOND, Va.] -- "The U.S. Department of Education's civil-rights office is investigating a complaint that the University of Virginia discriminates against white applicants.

          "The complaint was filed after the Charlottesville university denied admission to a white male student from New York for a spot in fall 2003's incoming undergraduate class.

          " 'Many kids with far less qualifications had already been accepted to the university in the name of diversity,' the student's father said in his complaint, which was obtained by The Associated Press with names and other identifying information redacted.  He added, 'if my son had been a girl or a minority with his grades, test scores and extracurricular activities he would have been admitted to the University on his own with no problem.'

          "U.Va. spokeswoman Carol Wood confirmed Wednesday that the Office of Civil Rights is reviewing the university's undergraduate admission procedures with Virginia's legal department.  She declined to discuss the investigation or the complaint but said that U.Va. considers diversity just one of many factors in determining admission, and the application of each prospective student is thoroughly discussed and debated among a team of reviewers.

          "The investigation is the civil-rights office's first in an admissions case since the Supreme Court ruled in 2003 in two cases involving the University of Michigan's affirmative-action admissions policies, said Kenneth L. Marcus, the agency's deputy assistant secretary for enforcement.

          "In those rulings the Supreme Court upheld a general affirmative-action policy at the university's law school but struck down the university's undergraduate formula as too rigid because it awarded admission points based on race.

          "The complaint [against U. Va.] was filed in May 2003, a month before the [June 2003 Supreme Court] rulings.   But the department's Office of Civil Rights didn't notify U.Va. of the investigation until early August 2003.

          "The Center for Equal Opportunity, which opposes race-based policies, has analyzed admissions data to determine how U.Va. weighs race and ethnicity to determine who gets in, and is glad that the Office of Civil Rights is investigating the U.Va. case.

          " 'I think the process is working the way it's supposed to work,' said the group's general counsel, Roger B. Clegg.   'If the Supreme Court's constraints on the use of race and ethnicity are not being followed, there will be consequences.' "

Excerpted from the Associated Press article 12/8/04 by Zinie Chen Sampson, as published in via the Daily Press, Hampton Roads, VA

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Virgina (University of VA, Charlottesville):  U.Va. Board of Visitors standing by admissions policy (10/18/99 - dead link)
          "The University of Virginia's governing board said it is prepared to go to court to defend the school's use of race in admissions decisions.  "The Board of Visitors unanimously endorses the university's continuing commitment to recruiting and enrolling students of diverse talents and backgrounds," U.Va. Rector John P. Ackerly III said Saturday.

          Under pressure from the NAACP and minority student groups, the UVA administration bowed to political pressure from minority special interests and publicly re-affirmed the school's commitment to racially divisive admissions standards which give preference to minority applicants.

          "Ryan Coleman-Ferebee, vice president of the NAACP's U.Va. chapter, was in the room when Ackerly read the statement.   "We're definitely pleased," he said. "We didn't know exactly what to expect, and we're very pleased with the outcome."

          Group's representing Caucasian students' interests have yet to publicly support UVA's racial admissions system.   (Based on Associated Press, via The Daily Press 10/18/99)
[former link **http://www.dailypress.com/state/stories/e0008611.htm]


Virginia (University of VA, Charlottesville):  With No Lawsuit in Sight, U. of Virginia Dives Into the Affirmative-Action Fray (posted 10/15/99 - pay site)
          "Caught up in the middle of the national debate over [racial quotas and preferences in educational admissions], the University of Virginia's leaders found themselves walking a tenuous line last week.   The institution's Board of Visitors has informally directed President John T. Casteen III to devise alternatives to racial preferences in admissions, out of concern that using preferences leaves the university vulnerable to a discrimination lawsuit.

          "But many students, faculty members, and administrators on the campus last week were urging the president and the board members to stand by the institution's policy of giving extra consideration to black and Hispanic applicants.  The board's chairman, John P. Ackerly III, said its members value, and wish to preserve, the exceptional level of racial diversity on the campus, where African Americans account for just over 10 per cent of undergraduates.  In an interview last week, he said the board, which consists almost entirely of Republican gubernatorial appointees, is not ideologically opposed to affirmative-action policies.  

          "At the same time, however, Mr. Ackerly said the board is anxious to protect the university from the risk of costly litigation.  The goal of preserving diversity while de-emphasizing [racial] preferences strikes many supporters of affirmative action here as impossible.  They worry that the board will end up gutting affirmative-action programs, leading to precipitous drops in the university's black and Hispanic enrollments, and to the destruction of its hard-won reputation as a leading educator of minority students, with the highest black graduation rate of any large public college.

          ".... 'There is a lot of supposition and fear, but I don't know what is going to happen,' said Julian Bond, a professor of history at Virginia and chairman of the Board of Directors of the N.A.A.C.P.   He said new limits on [racial admissions criteria] here would send 'a signal to other, similarly situated schools' in Virginia and elsewhere in the South, where [race-based admissions programs] have been cited as vital to overcoming a history of slavery and segregation.

          "... Last month, in an address to about 150 students who crowded into the university's Jefferson Hall, Mr. Ackerly said the board was 'unanimous in its support of diversity' and believed that the [race-based] admissions policy 'is legal and defensible in court.'  He added, however, that the board has a fiduciary duty to carefully weigh the costs of mounting such a defense.   'Is it responsible to risk millions of dollars for lawyers' fees and the other costs of an extended federal court case, or would it be better to spend that money on educational programs to achieve diversity in ways that are more securely within the prevailing rule of law?' he asked.

          "... Several professors and students who oppose the [racial] preference policies refused to discuss their views last week.  They said a chill had settled over their side of the debate as a result of the spectacle of Terence P. Ross, a member of the Board of Visitors, coming under personal attack last month after telling a reporter that the university has lowered its academic standards to recruit black students.

          "... Race actually is among several non-academic factors considered by admissions officers here, who say they assess applicants individually, and use no formulas.  Being a Virginian or an athlete, having a parent who is a graduate of the university, or coming from a rural area of the state can also bolster one's chances of joining the ranks of Virginia's 12,400 undergraduates.  Many black students here say they resent the fact that only racial preferences have come under scrutiny. 

          "Race clearly does carry a lot of weight in admissions, however.  Data from the university show that, in selecting freshmen for the fall of 1998, officials accepted 56.3 per cent of black applicants and 45.8 per cent of white applicants who were Virginians.  Among those from out of state, the university admitted 56.1 per cent of the black applicants and 20.1 per cent of the white applicants.

          "Among those who accepted offers of admission, black students had an average SAT score of 1149, compared with 1339 for white students. .... Nonetheless, Virginia's admissions policies came under the scrutiny of the Board of Visitors in January, when the Center for Individual Rights, a non-profit legal group, published an advertisement in The Cavalier Daily suggesting that the university may be using illegal racial preferences.  Virginia was one of 14 competitive institutions that the center put on notice with the ads (The Chronicle, February 5).  To date, none of the 13 others say they have given serious consideration to changing their admissions policies.

          "... Many advocates of affirmative action [racial admissions quotas] on the campus complain, however, that the board acted too hastily, especially given that there has been no lawsuit filed against the university.  'I certainly do not believe people should back away from their principles simply because someone comes knocking on the door, who is an outsider, telling them what to do,' said Moji E. Olaniyan, a member of the administrative staff of the university's architecture school, and the president of N.A.A.C.P.'s Charlottesville branch.  'If someone threatens to kill you, you don't commit suicide to make their lives easier,' she said.

          "In July, the Board of Visitors, urging that alternatives to [racial] preferences be considered, suggested that the university hire more admissions officers to help it recruit minority students, and that it establish a summer program for middle-school and high-school students to help local minority children get the academic preparation they need to someday be admitted here.  Mr. Turner last week denounced the summer-camp proposal as "simplistic," "paternalistic," and "an insult to the African-American community."  [Mr. Turner said] 'You are not going to attract University of Virginia-caliber students through a summer program.  There are not enough summers to make up for two-and-a-half centuries of slavery.'" (Pay Site: Chronicle of Higher Education by Peter Schmidt)
[link to pay site:  http://www.chronicle.com/weekly/v46/i08/08a04001.htm ]


Virginia (University of VA, Charlottesville):  U.Va. amends admissions test: Old scoring system that gave advantage to some blacks dropped; race still a factor (10/08/99 - dead link)
          "The University of Virginia acknowledged yesterday that it has dropped a scoring system used in its admissions process, which in some cases gave an advantage to black applicants.

          "However, school officials say U.Va. still uses race as one of many factors in determining which students to admit to the school, but only as it looks at each applicant individually -- an apparently more legally defensible use of race in an admissions process. [Emphasis added.]

          "Questions publicly raised by some board of visitors members about the legality of U.Va.'s admissions process, apparently centering on the scoring system, created an uproar on campus recently and have led to a statewide review of admissions policies at other state schools.

          "Officials said they were confident they could still maintain diversity at U.Va. without the scoring system that was dropped. Between 1992 and 1998, U.Va. black undergraduate enrollment has hovered from about 10 percent to 12 percent.  'The question of using race arises because of the use of a scoring system adopted about six years ago,' President John T. Casteen III said in a statement yesterday.  'The application scoring system did not work well enough here because every applicant is entitled to a holistic evaluation, regardless of particular qualities (including race) that might be part of a rating model. So, late last winter or early spring, I asked as a routine management matter that this system be dropped, and it was.'" 

          "The [U.Va.] board of visitors appointed a committee to look at U.Va.'s admissions policies in January after two Washington-based groups -- the Center for Individual Rights and the Center for Equal Opportunity -- criticized the policies as discriminating against whites and said they were ripe for lawsuits.

          "But questions over how U.Va. handles race and other factors in its selection of students is prompting a statewide review of admissions policies at Virginia's other public colleges.

          "Officials in the attorney general's office said the examination was initially launched at the request of several schools, including U.Va.

          "Conflicting court rulings regarding the legality of racial preferences, combined with concerns by the colleges' governing boards over how their differing and closely guarded admissions policies might be impacted, led to the reviews, [according to spokesman David Botkins].

          "Even critics of affirmative action, however, differ over the legality of using race. Terence Pell, senior counsel with the Center for Individual Rights, said, "what a lot of schools are doing is against the law."  Pell said, "If you create a special track based on the race of the candidate, that is illegal. If you take race into account on an individual basis . . . that's OK."

          "But Roger Clegg, general counsel for the Center for Equal Opportunity, said the idea that "if race is just one factor then it's not discrimination is absurd. Either race is going to make a difference or it's not." (Virginia Newspapers, Inc., The Times Dispatch 10/08/99, by Carlos Santos and Ruth S. Intress)
[former link *http://www.gatewayva.com/rtd/dailynews/virginia/affirm08.shtml]


Virginia (statewide):  Virginia colleges discriminate in admissions, study alleges (01/27/99 - dead link)
          "Virginia colleges discriminate against white students in their admissions policies, according to a report on racial preferences to be released today.  The report shows that more than 150 points separate the average SAT scores of black and white students admitted to three Virginia colleges.

          The College of William and Mary had the largest difference -- 210 points -- according to a study of 10 state colleges by the Center for Equal Opportunity, a Washington policy group that opposes racial preferences. The average scores were 1340 points for white applicants who were admitted and 1130 points for blacks.  The gap was 190 points at James Madison University and 160 points at the University of Virginia.

          " 'We believe that it is a bad thing for colleges and universities to discriminate in their admissions policies on the basis of race or ethnicity,'  said Roger Clegg, general counsel to the center.   'There is very strong evidence that a lot of that discrimination is going on in Virginia.'

          "College officials acknowledge giving an edge to minority candidates in the admissions process."  (Pilot Online, 01/27/99, by Philip Walzer)
[former link *http://www.pilotonline.com/news/nw0127aff.html]


Virginia (Arlington):  DC Suburb Rejects White, English-Speaking Kindergartners, Defies Court Orders
          Adversity.Net (Horror Stories, Case 9, this site):  (Updated 11/04/99) Arlington, Virginia's kindergarten admissions policy says kids who don't speak English as a first language get preferential admission vs. white, English-speaking kids.  The Judge says "Wrong!"  Bill Lann Lee (Clinton's illegal appointment as "acting" head of the Dept. of Justice civil rights division, weighs in with a friend of the court brief supporting Arlington's illegal use of racial quotas.  See also "Bill Lee's First Year on the Job".)

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Virginia (Arlington):  Arlington loses appeal to keep racial quotas (11/04/99 - dead link)
          According to the Washington Post, a two-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Arlington School Board’s request to rehear a lawsuit against Arlington’s racial quota admissions policies. The policy had earlier been struck down by U.S. District Judge Albert Bryan who had to order the school board three times to dismantle the racial quota program.

          Following Judge Bryan’s third order, with which Arlington finally complied, the school board in July 1998 filed an appeal of the decision with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA.

          Following the loss of their appeal before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (Tue., 11/02/99) Arlington has 90 days to consider carrying their appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

          Recently, neighboring Montgomery County (Maryland) decided to appeal a similar anti-quota ruling (issued by the same court) to the U.S. Supreme Court.   (Based on Washington Post News in Brief 11/04/99)
[former link **http://washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/WPlate/1999-11/04/208l-110499-idx.html]

(See Also: Montgomery County to Argue Quotas to High Court.)

Virginia (Arlington County):  Lawsuits Test Race's Role in School Admissions (01/25/99) (dead link)
          "Two Washington area court cases have drawn the attention of educators and legal experts nationwide as a key test of whether public elementary and secondary schools have the right to admit and reject students based on their race.  On Wednesday, attorneys for the Arlington School Board will argue before a federal appeals court in Richmond that it should overturn a judge's order barring an alternative school in the county from using an admissions system that favors black and Hispanic children."  [See also:   Arlington Kindergarten]

          "Later this year, the same court will hear an appeal from the parents of a white Montgomery County first-grader who was told that he could not transfer to a math and science magnet program because it would leave his neighborhood school with too few white students.  The cases are being watched closely, because the U.S. Supreme Court has never ruled on whether elementary and secondary schools can impose admissions restrictions in order to achieve racial balance, and there have been few other court rulings on the issue.

          "In November, a federal appeals court ruled against an effort to limit the number of white students at a public magnet school in Boston [See also:  Boston Latin School]. Many educators and legal observers think the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond will take the same position."   (Washington Post, 01/25/99, Page B01, by Jay Mathews and Ellen Nakashima)
[former link *http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/WPlate/1999-01/25/027l-012599-idx.html]


Virginia (Arlington):  Arlington test scores show racial gap (dead link)
          "We have many African-American students and many Hispanic students who are scoring very high," Superintendent Robert Smith told WRC/News4.  "So we need to look at which kids, under which conditions, are contributing" to the low standardized scores for minorities in the school system.  "[T]he Stanford Achievement Test scores remain above the national average... [the] gap between black and white students is now 33% [and] between Hispanic and white 8th graders is 37%" according to the story.  (MSNBC/News 4, 01-05-99)
[former link *http://www.msnbc.com/local/WRC/181319.asp]


Virginia (Blacksburg):  University officials admit they must increase the focus on recruitment of minorities (05/10/99 - dead link)
          BLACKSBURG -- "Since the mid-1980s, Virginia Tech has waived application fees for blacks interested in studying at the university. It's one way officials have sought to increase the diversity of the predominantly white institution.

          "But the fee waiver -- also used to attract military and some arts students -- hasn't worked with black students. Neither have some other recruitment methods.  "Getting African-Americans to apply to Virginia Tech is not a problem -- we can do that," said Karen Torgersen, Tech's director of undergraduate admissions. "It's getting them to accept the offer -- that's where the bottleneck is."

          "Last month, the university made public an internal report showing that the number of black undergraduates at Tech -- already historically low -- has been falling. During the five academic years from 1993 to 1997, black undergraduate enrollment dropped from 5.1 percent to 4.2 percent, declining each year. Blacks make up about 20 percent of the state's population.

          "Admissions recruiters try to visit all public high schools in Virginia, with "particular emphasis," Torgersen said, on urban areas such as Richmond and Virginia Beach and on rural Southside, which has a large black population.

          "The university also holds a "minority preview" weekend for students offered admission to Tech -- it used to be for black students, but since has been opened to all minorities -- to give them a feel for the campus and its programs."  (The Roanoke Times 05/10/99 by Ian Zack)
[former link *http://www.roanoke.com/roatimes/news/story59457.html]


Virginia (Charlottesville):  UVA Prof Charges Reverse Discrimination, Retaliation
          "Robert W. Collin, a former tenure-track faculty member in the University of Virginia's School of Architecture, in Charlottesville, is asking the Supreme Court to overturn a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. That court found that the university had not discriminated or retaliated against him "for advocating for racial equality" when it denied him tenure and failed to promote him, as Mr. Collin charges. Mr. Collin, who is white, contends that the university forbade him and his students to work on a public-housing program in an African-American community, even though other professors were encouraged to work with local groups."  (Chronicle of Education 01-06-99, by subscription)
[ link http://www.chronicle.com/daily/washington/supreme/petition.htm#98-900 ]


Virginia (Richmond):  Foreign-Born Professors Win Race Discrimination Suits (03/25/99 - dead link)
          RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - "A federal jury has awarded damages to two Virginia State University professors who said officials at the school near Petersburg discriminated against them.

          "In a decision Wednesday, the jury awarded about $117,000 to Fathy M.A. Saleh, an Egyptian-born engineering technology professor who was hired at Virginia State in 1989. The jury awarded about $230,000 to Godwin O. Mbagwu, a Nigerian-born chemistry professor hired in 1981.

          "Both faculty members are now U.S. citizens. The professors had sued university President Eddie N. Moore Jr. and five other school officials, claiming discrimination on the basis of race and national origin. They also said they suffered retaliation when they complained about their treatment." (Richmond Daily Press, 03/25/99)
[former link *http://www.dailypress.com/state/stories/e1059522.htm]


Virginia (Roanoke):  Minority Discrimination Suit Dismissed (dead link)
          "In her lawsuit filed last year, Sophia Poskocil (from Colombia) said that, beginning in 1992, she applied for 19 positions, but the school system never interviewed her because English wasn't her first language. In dismissing Ms. Poskocil’s lawsuit Tuesday, Chief U.S. District Judge Samuel Wilson noted that each of the 19 teachers who was hired instead of Poskocil 'held a master's degree, was qualified for dual or triple certification, had strong interview performances, more extensive educational experiences and course work, or better references than Poskocil.' " (Roanoke Times, 01-13-99, by Michael Hemphill)
[former link http://www.roanoke.com/roatimes/news/story44303.html]


Virginia (Roanoke):  Not Enough Minority Teachers Available to Meet Quotas!  (Dead Link)
          Roanoke schools really want to "reverse discriminate" against white teachers, but they've been having a hard time.  It seems that there aren't enough qualified, minority teachers available to meet the school's racial quotas!  School officials lament a "national shortage of minority teachers".  The city has had no choice but to actually hire qualified white teachers.  (The Roanoke Times 10/20/98; link removed by Roanoke Times.)

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