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posted: 5/30/2014 12:01 AM

Push for diversity at IMSA is an insult

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Push for diversity at IMSA is an insult

The article concerning the proposed budget cut to Illinois Math and Science Academy on May 15 was very typical of our "new" world. IMSA is an advanced education opportunity for those that qualify. To claim that the student body is "not diverse enough" is an insult to the kids qualified to gain admission to this school.

Let's lower the standards of admission and dilute the educational opportunities of the truly advanced placement students so that we can achieve a proper "diversity."

I have known two students lucky enough gain admission to IMSA. While both do happen to be Caucasian, they are definitely not from an "enclave of wealthy children."

Then we have Ms. LaVia's analysis of the situation to prove why we need IMSA in its present form without further dilution of education. She states, "out of 650 students, 299 are white, 296 are Asian, 71 are Latino and 62 are black, while 31 didn't identify a race or ethnicity."

Hey, Ms. LaVia, that totals 759 students enrolled at IMSA, but, of course, it further skews the important data here about "diversification."

Wayne Kinzler

St. Charles

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