Supt. Mike Faulk Disputes Charge of ‘Re-Segregation’
‘Superintendent of the Year’ Says It’s About Education
BATON ROUGE — On Tuesday, Belinda Davis of One Community, One School District, said the proposed Southeast Baton Rouge school district would result in the “re-segregation” of public schools in East Baton Rouge Parish.
However, Central Community Schools Supt. Mike Faulk quickly disputed that claim. Faulk, who is in California to receive Louisiana’s “Superintendent of the Year Award” at the annual convention of the American Association of School Administrators, said the new Southeast Baton Rouge school district would probably afford greater opportunities for a quality education than now exist.
Faulk is president of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents but was not speaking in that capacity.
Faulk said, “Our numbers in Central show that the Central Community School System has attracted minorities at a higher rate than before the creation of the system.”
Faulk provided these numbers:
2007-2008 School Year
First Year of Central CSS
82% White, 18% Minority
2012-2013 School Year
Sixth Year of Central CSS
77% White, 22% Minority
“In Central, we have brought white students back to the public schools, but we have brought minority students to Central at an even higher rate,” he said. “Minority parents want quality education in a safe environment with good discipline and high achievement levels. That’s what we provide.”