This week's issue of the Independent has an interesting take on what could happen if Wake County school board member John Tedesco gets his community assignment zone plan implemented.
In the cover article, the Independent tries to see what the school system could be like if Tedesco's model is implemented. In the liberal weekly's division of the district into 14 zones, it found that two would have schools with heavy concentrations of low-income students.
Asst. Supt. Chuck Dulaney estimated for the Indy that if school assignments are based on proximity to students' homes, as indicated in the policy presented Dec. 1, seven to 10 high-poverty schools with F&R rates above 80 percent would be created.
Dulaney said there will be a "tipping point," likely at less than 80 percent F&R, at which middle-class parents will leave those high poverty schools.
"Will the 'non-80 percent' attend that [high-poverty] school?" Dulaney asked in the article. "My best hunch is that those families will, as they have done in Charlotte and other urban systems, either move to a different zone or they'll withdraw from the public school system."
As chairman of the school board's new student assignment committee, Tedesco should have a big say in whatever changes are made to abandon the diversity policy.