Amazing. First the Board said they couldn't use race as a factor in crafting a new student application and assignment plan. Nope. Not allowed. They said (it wasn't true) that the court prohibited it when vacating the consent decree. Siblings and proximity were boosted.
Then they reassured us that they had studied other cities and done the work and come up with a plan that wouldn't re-segregate the magnet and selective admissions schools. They'd done computer projections. They had a team working on this. Experts. Charts.
Then, yesterday, they rolled out a revised proposal that would reduce the emphasis on siblings and proximity and -- surprise! -- indicated that would add race back into the mix if necessary, through some sort of unwritten (secret?) "gut check" process that is sure to drive Board-watchers and parents crazy (and send them to court). Sun Times here. Tribune here. Catalyst here. Fox Chicago here. WBEZ here. The good news? Application deadline extended until January.