The Montgomery County Board of Education will appeal the 4th Circuit's Eisenberg decision striking down Montgomery County's race-based transfer policy.

Since when did racial discrimination become a fair means of achieving racial diversity? Does our school board think it's fair that an African American student living in Somerset cannot transfer to another school but his white neighbor can? Similarly, a white student attending Glen Haven Elementary School, such as the plaintiff in the Eisenberg case, cannot transfer to a magnet because of the color of his skin.

This policy is not only discriminatory, it is ineffective. The "white population [at Glen Haven Elementary School] has fallen from 39 percent to 20 percent since 1994" [Metro, Nov. 3]--in spite of the fact that the schools have a policy of not allowing the transfer out of white students from Glen Haven. The race-based transfer policy may discourage families from moving into neighborhoods in which they will be a minority and will, therefore, have their children's educational opportunities limited.

If members of the school board fear "that people will think the white schools are the good schools and the minority schools are the bad ones" (as Beatrice Gordon was quoted as saying), they should stop making policy decisions as if this faulty notion were true.

SUSAN WERNER SCOFIELD

Germantown