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Duke University study credits Wake County's old diversity policy for keeping schools integrated

A recent Duke University study is giving high marks to the Wake County school system's old socioeconomic diversity policy.

The study found that the racial balance in North Carolina’s public schools has remained steady since 2005-06. But the study also that students are increasingly separated by income.

Amid this picture, the Duke study notes that "Wake County, with its longstanding policy of busing for economic balance, maintains relatively integrated schools." In contrast, the study found that "districts that have pursued more choice-driven plans in lieu of busing, such as Charlotte-Mecklenburg, have higher rates of racial imbalance."

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Presenting a revised math placement policy to the Wake County school board

After much discussion and revision, the Wake County school board is finally set to vote Tuesday on a math placement policy that reflects the new common core standards.

Staff is supposed to present this version of the policy, which has gone through at least six versions over the past year. Compare it to the version (pages 14-15 of this handout) that the board told staff to work from two weeks ago.

One difference in the latest iteration is that staff has apparently gone back to restricting teachers from using their judgment to recommend placing students in a class lower than student data suggests. They can recommend a higher placement.

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