The school poverty gap between Wake and Charlotte now stands at 20 percent.
As noted in today's Charlotte Observer, Charlotte-Mecklenburg's percentage of students receiving federally subsidized lunches this school year is at an all-time high of 51 percent. In Wake, the percentage of 31.2 percent is also an all-time high.
Supporters of Wake's diversity policy warn that abandoning it could hasten white flight and produce Charlotte-like poverty numbers at more schools. But critics of the diversity policy note how Charlotte is outperforming Wake among low-income students on state tests.
In Charlotte, 19 of the 171 schools now have poverty levels over 90 percent, and 61 of them top 75 percent.
Only two of Wake's 156 schools top 75 percent low-income.
Wake's poverty rate jumped from 28.4 percent last school year. The recession has caused more families to apply for subsidized lunches.
Critics have questioned whether some families are falsely reporting their incomes so their children can get subsidized lunches.