You can credit the attorneys at Tharrington Smith with coming up with the new data linking student performance with busing distance in Wake County schools.
As noted in today's article, school board attorney Ann Majestic had requested the data from school staff in the past month to confirm whether minority students account for the majority of those who are bused involuntarily at longer distances. Once that was shown, she asked staff to add in academic achievement into the data.
Majestic said the reason for the request was that the state NAACP is alleging that eliminating the diversity policy would have a disparate impact on minority students. In response, she wanted to see if they could see if the old policy had a disparate impact on minority students.