I don't even have the words to express how appalled I am by this news story.
The Dallas school district took about 5,700 fifth-grade boys this morning to see a new movie about African-American fighter pilots in World War II, but female students were excluded.
Dallas ISD [Independent School District] spokesman Jon Dahlander emailed me some answers to my questions.
"Approximately 5,000 fifth grade boys in the district are watching Red Tails," he wrote in the email. "The film is about the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American pilots whose acts of bravery during World War II earned them the President Unit Citation in honor of their achievements."
Dahlander writes, "There is only so much available space at the movie theater, so the decision was made for boys to attend the movie. Girls stayed at school but principals were given the option to show them Akeelah and the Bee."
The all-boys field trip cost more like $57,000 -- not $32,000, Dahlander told me this afternoon.