The mystery of how many kids were and are still being bused for socioeconomic diversity in Wake County won't be answered by the school district anytime soon.
The feds had asked how many students were bused for socioeconomic diversity in 2007-08 and 2008-09.
Wake interpreted the question to only refer to kids who were reassigned in either school year for SES reasons. But they still couldn't come up with a definitive number.
For years, percentages such as 2, 2.5 or 3 percent have been cited by diversity policy supporters to argue that it played a small factor in assignments in Wake. It hasn't helped that the district hasn't been willing to give a number.
As part of the report for the Wake School Choice Plan last month, Michael Alves said that "available data indicates that at least 5,900 students, who reside mostly in Southeast Raleigh, are currently enrolled in 41
suburban schools." That's 4 percent of Wake's enrollment.
Alves also wrote that 65 percent of those 5,900 students are from low-income families and only 11 percent are white. He said 52 percent are black and 27 percent are Hispanic.
Since Alves' figures focused on kids bused out to free magnet school seats, school board member John Tedesco says the number countywide assigned for diversity is much higher. He pointed to examples such as how kids near Adams Elementary in Cary are not going to the school or kids who live near Vandora Springs Elementary in Garner going to Yates Mill Elementary.
School board member Chris Malone also said he thinks the number bused for diversity is much higher than 5,900 students.