Posh school’s plan to segregate students by race draws parents’ ire

Parents are irate over a plan to segregate students by race at the celebrity-friendly Little Red School House in the West Village.

In the last month, parents at the $45,485-per-year private school — which counts David Schwimmer, Christy Turlington Burns and Sofia Coppola’s offspring among its pupils — became aware that Director Philip Kassen would place minority middle-school students in the same homerooms come fall.

They also learned that the race-based placement policy had already been in effect for the 2017-18 school year for 7th and 8th graders, and would likely be expanded to the 6th grade in September.

Each grade, which has approximately 40 students, has two homerooms. Students remain with their homeroom groups for 30 percent of the school day.

Parents revolted at the revelation.

“My daughter who is 11 was like, ‘Wow, this is crazy. They are talking about separating by color,’” one father, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Post.

“And I was thinking how antiquated is this? This is backwards. It’s almost like segregation now.”

After a Post inquiry, Kassen sent a message to parents Wednesday detailing last year’s race-placement “initiative” — which multiple sources said they had never been informed of.

But parents said the school has always let race play a heavy hand in class placement. One mother said for three years all but one of the 10 non-white students in her child’s grade were assigned to the same class in lower school.

Another father, whose daughter recently graduated from the middle school, said classes have been segregated for as long as she was enrolled there and was conspicuously in effect during the 2016-17 year.

“They weren’t very transparent about it,” said the grad’s father, whose daughter was in what he referred to as the “minority class.

https://nypost.com/2018/06/30/posh-schools-plan-to-segregate-students-by-race-draws-parents-ire/