Welcome to your Tuesday open thread. I’m enjoying this less insane summer weather. I hope it lasts longer! I don’t know about you but I could really use some rain. My lawn is looking very sad.
The extreme heat that’s been roasting the eastern U.S. is only expected to get worse, and residents are bracing themselves for temperatures near and above boiling point.
Extra bonus commenter points to the first commenter to point out the problem with the statement above.
A high school southeast of Little Rock would not let a black student be valedictorian though she had the highest grade-point average, and wouldn’t let her mom speak to the school board about it until graduation had passed, the graduate claims in Federal Court.
Kymberly Wimberly, 18, got only a single B in her 4 years at McGehee Secondary School, and loaded up on Honors and Advanced Placement classes. She had the highest G.P.A. and says the school’s refusal to let her be sole valedictorian was part of a pattern of discrimination against black students.
Wimberly says that despite earning the highest G.P.A. of the Class of 2011, and being informed of it by a school counselor, “school administrators and personnel treated two other white students as heir[s] apparent to the valedictorian and salutatorian spots.”
The school forced Wimberly to have a co-valedictorian who had a lower GPA and who was white. It will be interesting to see what kind of paperwork the school has on the decision denying Wimberly valedictorian status. My bet is that the school will try to settle this quietly.
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