Edmund Lee is a third-grader at Gateway Science Academy in St. Louis, Missouri, a charter school he has attended since he was in kindergarten. Yet his family recently learned that he will no longer be able to attend the charter school because he is black.
Lee’s family is moving to a new suburban school district, where a decades-old case law established by a 1980 U.S. Court of Appeals ruling does not allow black students to attend the schools in the city.
“When I read the guidelines I was in shock,” Lee’s mother LaShieka White told a local Fox affilliate. “I was crying.”
School officials say they are unable to override the city policy. But the school’s principal and staff have come out in support of the young boy and his family. (Salon Magazine)