student assignment

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    EdBuild: N.C. school district borders do not segregate

    In the 2020 update to Fault Lines: America’s Most Segregating School District Borders, EdBuild researchers write, In a similar vein, consider North Carolina, an economically diverse state that might be expected to contain some steeply segregating school district borders. But North Carolina has few of…
    Terry Stoops, January 22, 2020
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    NCAE promotes passivity, not empowerment

    Kristy Moore, N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE): “This is a new year and it’s another chance for us as educators to put into perspective what we need to do to ensure that ALL students have a bright future. The children we serve cannot help in which zip code they live,…
    Terry Stoops, September 4, 2019
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    Wake County getting back into the diversity game

    The Wake County school board is considering using assignment policies and other initiatives to address resegregation in the school system. For years, the members of the school board have refused to return to the strategy of assigning students to create “healthy schools,” that is, schools that do not exceed a…
    Terry Stoops, July 17, 2019
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    Is school segregation really getting worse?

    In an excellent Education Next blog post, Dr. Brian Kisida and Olivia Piontek respond to claims by UCLA’s Civil Rights Project and others that school segregation has worsened.  The authors offer a useful summary of the difficulties of measuring it using absolute and relative measures. They observe, In contrast, relative…
    Terry Stoops, May 22, 2019
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    Wake school assignments: N&O fantasy vs. parents’ reality

    Fantasy: Wake schools leaders listen well on reassignments (Editorial, News & Observer, October 12, 2014) Reality: Angry parents confront Wake County School Board over latest school assignment plan (Fred Shropshire, ABC 11, October 15, 2014)  …
    Terry Stoops, October 15, 2014
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    Public Schooling Battle Map

    The Public Schooling Battle Map is an interactive resource developed by the Cato Institute.  The map identifies nine categories of public school conflict, ranging from curriculum to moral values. In North Carolina, for example, Cato categorizes the Wake County student assignment controversy as a “racial/ethnic diversity” conflict.  Cato cites…
    Terry Stoops, September 16, 2013
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    So much for open-mindedness, respect

    Before Editors, News & Observer: “Our endorsements: What’s at stake in Wake’s school election,” September 30, 2011 [Susan] Evans goes right to the heart of the decision that voters in these five school board districts will make. Her grasp of what’s at stake – together with her pledge to…
    Terry Stoops, November 29, 2012
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    Feds: Race can be used in student assignment decisions

    Education Week reports, Federal civil rights officials today said that school districts and colleges and universities may legally consider race when making decisions about school assignments, admissions and other programs that are designed to increase diversity and reduce racial isolation. The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of…
    Terry Stoops, December 5, 2011