NORTH HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Outrage has grown at Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, as the school faces layoffs and increased class sizes due to a law limiting funds for schools with a higher white student body.
The Los Angeles Unified School District provides more funding for schools where the white population is below 30 percent.
In a letter to parents, the district noted the highly regarded middle school had been above the percentage for the past couple years.
The racial formula was a condition imposed by court decisions dealing with desegregation in the 1970s.In the South until 1948, black schools were underfunded because, "Those people aren't going to college; how good an education do field hands need?" But that wasn't the case in California. One of the reasons for the Serrano decision that changed school district funding in the 1970s was that wealthier districts had more property taxes available to fund schools. Poor districts had cheaper real estate and thus, lower property taxes. But that's completely separate from race. Ladera Heights was a heavily black, expensive neighborhood.