Did state House budget leaders target the Wake County school system for dropping socioeconomic diversity in the student assignment policy?
The budget adopted Thursday night by the state House orders the State Board of Education to "take into consideration the extent to which the local school administrative unit's policies or expenditures have contributed to or is contributing to increased segregation of schools on the basis of race or socioeconomic status."
At stake is how much money each school district could receive from the state from the disadvantaged student supplemental fund. According to Bob Luebke of the conservative Civitas Institute, Wake received $3.4 million from the state's $76.2 million DSSF fund last year.
The budget, along with this provision, will be reviewed by the state Senate next week.
In a blog post Tuesday, Luebke argued this DSSF language was "clearly targeted" at Wake.
"Aside from questions about the wisdom of passing legislation to reverse the current direction of the Wake County Board of Education, do we really want to make SBE the ultimate arbiter over how formula funds are distributed and give SBE even more authority to tinker with the composition of our public schools?," Luebke writes.
One thing to consider is that the General Assembly is controlled by the Democratic Party, which has criticized the new Wake school board majority's elimination of the diversity policy.