“A wealthy Virginia county is considering a return to neighborhood schools that would concentrate children from a poor, largely Hispanic neighborhood into two schools,” reports the Washington Post.
Since 2012, Loudon County has created economic integration by busing children out of their low-income, largely Spanish-speaking neighborhood.
A group called Educate Don’t Segregate opposes the plan, reports Loudon Now.
School board members who back the plan said predominantly low-income schools receive extra staffing to meet students’ needs. In addition, “we’re taking into account the benefits of having a school within their neighborhood, a chance to be involved in school activities, summer school, giving parents easier access to attend parent-teacher conferences,” said school board member Jill Turgeon.