Look for socioeconomic diversity supporters, both in Wake County and nationally, to lobby the Obama Administration to change the U.S. Department of Agriculture's opinion that school lunch data can't be used for student assignment.
One example is this post today in the Progressive Pulse blog, maintained by the liberal N.C. Policy Watch, which calls the interpretation from Mara McElmurry in USDA's Child Nutrition Division "merely...an e-mail from a program analyst." Regardless of the source of the information, Wake school board attorney Ann Majestic says it has to be viewed as the official position of the USDA unless they hear otherwise.
"Thankfully, the final decisions on critical legal issues like these are not made by program analysts from the Department of Agriculture," according to the blog post. "Both the Department of Education and the Department of Justice have held up Wake County’s old socioeconomic diversity plan as a national model and no federal agency has questioned legality of the use of the data for more than a decade."