Duke University professor Atila Abdulkadiroglu is acknowledging that parental choice can lead to socioeconomically segregated schools but he argues that it can be controlled for in student assignment.
In a blog post today, Abdulkadiroglu points to the experiences in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, which he said "provided a good approximation to Wake." He said that racial resegregation in Charlotte-Mecklenburg can be partly explained to parents preferring schools with higher concentration of their own race.
"However, appropriate breaks and controls can be embedded into a choice system in order to avoid segregation while giving, for example, some priority in assignment to students at their neighborhood schools." Abdulkadiroglu writes. "It is important to note that guaranteed neighborhood assignment is also likely to yield segregation along the socioeconomic and racial lines of neighborhoods."