Thanks to Eduwonk for the chance to guestblog over the past week. And thanks to the many commenters on the posts: you’re keeping us on our toes.
Since you’re all so smart, let’s hear what you have to say about this big story near where we live. Today’s school board election in Wake County (Raleigh) has shaped up as a referendum on the district’s nationally known policy of integrating all of its schools based on socio-economic status. Some candidates want to keep the system; others want to scrap it in favor of neighborhood schools.
We both went to public elementary schools in southern cities still in the heat of integration battles (Emily-Charlotte, Bryan-Nashville). It’s hard to exaggerate the moral weight the integration issue carried, and still carries, for us and others in our generation. But now, almost 40 years later, what’s best? What’s best in particular for low-income kids who, despite some progress, still face yawning achievement gaps in our schools, integrated or not? We’re not sure either side in the Wake school board fight has the answer. We’re hoping you do!
—Guestbloggers Bryan and Emily Hassel