It seems as if Wake County school board members can't get into a discussion nowadays without mentioning socioeconomic diversity.
During today's policy committee meeting, Laura Evans, senior director for growth and planning, proposed eliminating wording in the student transfer policy that says "transfer requests that contribute to...greater socioeconomic...diversity may be approved."
The change is in line with the elimination of the SES references to the student assignment policy that the board is scheduled to give final approval to on Tuesday.
But that wording revision drew objections today from members of the board minority who argued it should be left in the transfer policy.
Board member Keith Sutton complained that the board majority seemed to want to strike all references to socioeconomic diversity from policy.
Board member Chris Malone said they were "beholden" to follow the community schools assignment directive that was passed 5-4 on March 23 that did not include any SES references.
Board member Kevin Hill noted how Fairfax County Public Schools in northern Virginia includes socioeconomics as a component in its student assignment policy. Fairfax has been cited as a model for Wake's community assignment zones.
At committee chairwoman Debra Goldman's suggestion, the committee agreed to present the staff recommendation to the full board for discussion. Goldman said the same arguments they're having today will likely be made when the full board meets.
The full board could discuss the issue at Tuesday's committee of the whole meeting.