There was a request for this topic which we don't talk much about anymore. I think there's some reasons why.
One, I think the racial tie-breaker left a bitter taste in a lot of people's mouths (and it cost us a lot of money to fight it all the way to the Supreme Court - wonder what that final bill was?)
Two, we have a neighborhood plan and we need a few years to see what, if any, difference we see in racial diversity at our schools.
Three, we have had little use for the Open Choice seats at the high schools. That would be one big way to have more diversity - whether racial or socio-economic - get into the high schools. I'll have to ask Tracy for a breakdown of those seats this year but if there are more than 25 in the whole district, I'd be surprised.
From our readers:
What counts as diversity? Income disparities, the blending of poor, middle class, and rich? Homosexual or heterosexual parents at home? First generation immigrants (even if white immigrants from Europe or Russia) and non-English languages spoken at home? If race only, does Asian or Indian count as diversity? East African or north African immigrants? Or are we talking specifically and only about African Americans and whites when we say diversity?