Video: Elected School Board Dismantles Deseg

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On Tuesday night Stephen Colbert lambasted the (elected) school board in Wake County North Carolina that has moved to dismantle the racial and SES-based deseg plan that is considered one of the most successful models in the country. 

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  • chicago's not alone in doing the morning breakfast in the classroom thing, according to this edweek story about its spread nationally

    http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/01/20/18breakfast.h30.html?tkn=PZZFSJewks7MPPdT868XAiBVBB%2FGDyED2rlk&cmp=clp-edweek

  • My nieces attend Enloe HS in Raleigh and love it there. They are getting a first-class education in a racially and economically diverse environment. If I understand the way it works in Wake County, they apply a similar socio-economic enrollment policy across the board at all schools that CPS has implemented for SE and magnet schools. Could this be the way to fix Chicago neighborhood schools? By not allowing any one school to exceed 40% poverty, you would in effect be exporting affluent white students to neighborhood schools in poor black neighborhoods. By extension, you would be exporting parents who value education, have higher expectations, fundraise vigorously and run the LSC and PTA with business acumen. Would white Chicago parents tolerate this or would it exacerbate white flight to the suburbs?

  • In reply to mrobertson718:

    In theory, and in a much smaller city, this could work. I can see major problems with this though. We don't have enough neighborhoods with less than 50% poverty to export kids to. With the exception of small portions of the northside (Lincoln Park, Gold Coast, Lakeview and a few other neighborhoods) there is nowhere else to send kids to. And how many northside families would allow their child to be bussed to Englewood, Austin or even Humboldt Park? Noone I know would go for this, not even the most civic minded families.
    Evanston district 65 used to require a 60/40% ratio of minority to non-minority kids in its schools until the consent decree got dismantled. They are now quickly becoming as segregated as their neighborhoods.
    If CPS did this, we'd be outta here in the blink of an eye, even if that meant walking away from our home in foreclosure.
    What CPS needs to do is to bring mini-classical/gifted programs to every single neighborhood school and high school, where kids testing in at the 90% or above were guaranteed a spot. That is not a particularly hard score to get and many kids would qualify. None of this "we take the top 10% of our population" crap and put them in a comprehensive gifted program. When the top 10% of a school's population is only at grade level, it doesn't do anything to draw in the brightest and best of the neighborhood. It just separates out the kids who have basic skills from the kids who won't ever graduate from high school. That might be enough for some families but not even close to good enough for mine.

  • In reply to teacherparent:

    I like your ideas, but you may have missed my point. In Wake County, they dilute the effects of poverty by importing affluent students into poor schools until they achieve a mix of students that does not exceed 40% poverty at every school in the district, regardless of the neighborhood's demographics. For example, Enloe High School is located in a low-income neighborhood but is also a coveted school because of its successful IB program and emphasis on the performing arts. If you brought a mini classical/gifted track to underperforming schools in poor neighborhoods, you still wouldn't be addressing the impact poverty and all its attendant societal issues have on learning. Almost a reverse-magnet approach. You have to change the culture of the school.

  • In reply to teacherparent:

    Mayfair dad, no, I got your point. It is a good one. But we simply don't have enough higher income kids currently in the system to make it work and we especially don't have enough higher income kids spread around the city. Most of the south and west sides are poor, most of those extremely so. We could bus in a ton of lower income kids from Austin and send them to Bell or Coonley or Lincoln, but one, there is no room in those schools and two, there are so few schools like them that have low poverty rates. Plus, can you imagine anyone being willing to leave Lincoln to be sent to a west side school where shootings are normal everyday occurrences and test scores are at the 40%? Yes, bringing in higher income kids would help ANY school, but what higher income family would be willing to do that? None. Private schools would be filled to the brim and families would flee the city in droves.
    I think this kind of thing works in small cities or suburbs, not large ones with such giant low income populations as Chicago has.

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