Monday, February 7, 2011

End of diversity policy leaves a Southern school district divided

Los Angeles Times
By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
February 5, 2011, 3:41 p.m.

Reporting from Raleigh, N.C. — This vibrant Southern capital has enjoyed a reputation for first-rate schools that long ago shed a segregated legacy. Schools in poor urban neighborhoods and prosperous suburbs alike have been praised as racially mixed and academically sound.But the school board's move to abandon its diversity policy in favor of neighborhood schools has prompted accusations of "re-segregation" and thrown the district into turmoil. Police attend board meetings, where some protesters have been arrested — including the president of the state NAACP, who is now barred from the premises.

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