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October 23, 2014, 2:12 pm
970 WMAY News

African-American Leaders See Racism In Board's Treatment Of Milton

A Springfield alderman and other black leaders say racism is at the heart of the events that led to School Superintendent Walter Milton’s imminent departure from District 186. 


Alderman Gail Simpson accuses the majority of the board of marginalizing and publicly belittling Milton, and says there is no other way to view the situation than to conclude that racism is involved.  She says the board is trying to take the District back to the 1960s – when Springfield schools were largely segregated, and schools in poor and minority areas were significantly worse than in other parts of town. 


Board president Susan White has said in the past that racism is not in any way a factor in the board’s relationship with Milton, but refuses to discuss the reasons behind the plans to part company with him.

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