An upscale New York City school's plan to continue segregating students by race has garnered swift disgust from parents.
Last month, parents learned that Little Red School House in the West Village - which has tuition fees of $45,485 a year - would place minority students in the same homerooms for the fall.
Director Philip Kassen was said to have already implemented the practice for the 2017-18 school year for the school's 7th and 8th grade students, and hoped to do the same for 6th grade students in September.
Last month, parents learned that Little Red School House in the West Village would place minority students in the same homerooms for the fall
The school consists of approximately 40 students in each grade. Students spend roughly 30 per cent of their school day in homeroom - of which there are two in each grade.
Parent's ire grew after Kassen released a message to them on Wednesday detailing the purpose of the 'initiative' - with many telling the New York Post that they hadn't been privy to the plan beforehand.
One parent said anonymously: 'My daughter who is 11 was like, "Wow, this is crazy. They are talking about separating by color."'
'And I was thinking how antiquated is this? This is backwards. It’s almost like segregation now.'
Another shared that starting as early as the 2016-17 school year, his daughter - who had already graduated - had reported that her classes had been segregated.
Director Philip Kassen was said to have already implemented the practice for the 2017-18 school year for the school's 7th and 8th grade students
'They weren’t very transparent about it,' said the father, who added that his daughter was in the 'minority class.'
'It was my daughter who immediately noticed that all the kids of color were in one class. If you’re going to have that policy, you need to be upfront.'
But the father also stated that his daughter had been separated from her friends starting as early as kindergarten.