Redistricting, part deux

Posted on February 5, 2010. Filed under: Kalamazoo Promise, socioeconomic school integration, What's new (since my book was published) | Tags: , |

So how did it work out? The table below compares the percentage of students receiving free and reduced-price lunches at KPS’s middle and high schools before and after the redistricting plan was implemented. The projections of the redistricting committee are also included. Keep in mind that students enrolled in middle or high-school when redistricting was introduced were “grandfathered” under the plan, allowing them to remain at their original school, so the full impact of redistricting will take several years to become apparent.

  2008-09 Projection 2009-10
Middle Schools      
– Hillside 52 65 67
– Linden Grove n.a. 72 69
– Maple Street 72 68 68
– Milwood 84 71 79
High Schools      
– Central 53 58 55
– Loy Norrix 64 60 65

Even in the first year of the program, with the grandfathering allowed, there was a clear shift in the direction of greater socioeconomic balance at the middle school level. There is no hard evidence about what this means (e.g., test scores, promotion, etc.), but I do want to share what I heard second-hand from a teacher at Milwood Middle School who claims that it is markedly easier to teach this year because of the greater diversity in her classroom and the presence of a sizeable minority of middle-income students.

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