If push comes to shove, would you guys really be willing to pump more money into high-poverty schools in lieu of busing?
As noted in today's article, Charlotte-Mecklenburg's efforts to pump more money into high-poverty schools is being challenged by the weakening economy. When CMS abandoned race-based busing, it made a commitment to provide more money for those schools who would now suddenly be filled with low-income kids.
But funding for some programs at high-poverty schools would be reduced as part of a list of $53.3 million in possible spending cuts proposed by Peter Gorman, superintendent of CMS schools.
Leonard “Deacon” Jones, president of the Swann Fellowship, which opposed ending Charlotte’s busing program, said the potential cuts show the dangers of thinking that additional money could make up for resegregating the schools.
“My fear is that some people feel it’s cheaper to build jails than to provide the schools what they need,” Jones said in the article.
Issues like this would likely crop up if Wake abandoned its diversity efforts, unless you're willing to abandon the high-poverty schools that would spring up.
Some of you guys are probably saying Wake could avoid some of these problems by taking money from the transportation program. But keep in mind that most of the transportation budget is state funded.
Wake school leaders have argued that due to lack of local funding they need to use student assignment to help keep schools academically healthy.