Vouchers my ass
The proper place for a negro
School wants diversity, but kind that pays - suit
BY CHRISENA COLEMAN
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
An African-American educator hired to promote diversity at the tony Riverdale Country School contends he was told to avoid the children of black celebrities and find more "full-paying Asians and non-Jews," the Daily News has learned.
In a lawsuit set to be filed today in Bronx Supreme Court, Shereem Herndon-Brown says he was hired as admissions director to increase diversity at the $31,200-a-year Riverdale Country School's middle and upper schools.
But he alleges his efforts were thwarted by Headmaster John Johnson.
Johnson persuaded Herndon-Brown to avoid recruiting children of African-American celebrities, like Sean (Diddy) Combs and Spike Lee, because such parents "would not be a good addition to the parent body," according to the lawsuit.
"I thought I was going to make a huge impact in bringing diversity to the Riverdale Country School," Herndon-Brown, 32, told The News. "I went to fairs and promoted the school, but I was not valued."
Herndon-Brown, who landed the position on May 3, 2005, after working as a seventh-grade English teacher at the school for three years, alleges Johnson refused to offer sufficient financial aid to needy minorities who met academic requirements.
The admissions director said Johnson told him to recruit more "full-paying Asians and non-Jews" - an apparent reference to the school's "large percentage of Jewish students," according to the suit.
The suit contends that black enrollment at the school decreased over the last decade while the number of Asian and Hispanic students rose.
"My client's mandate was to increase the economic, ethnic and religious ethnicity of the student body, but he was never given an opportunity to do his job," said his attorney Eddie Hayes. "My client quickly came to realize that his appointment was intended only as window dressing."
See, when people say they want to have vouchers, they forget that the best private schools have exactly the mix they like., The idea that a government voucher is going to pay for Riverdale Country School is a joke. They didn't want black kids, period. And subtract $5000 from $31000.
Considering that he got Fast Eddie Hayes to take his case, there is probably something there.
posted by Steve @ 1:02:00 AM