Middle, high schools focus of work session
The Jefferson County Board of Education has moved a step closer to giving final approval to a new student assignment plan for middle and high schools. The plan, which includes boundary changes for dozens of schools, was discussed during a work session before last night's school board meeting. It will be further discussed at the board's April 27 meeting and be voted on May 11.
The changes, which would take effect with the 2010-11 school year, are all part of the school district's effort to adopt a new way of assigning students after the U.S. Supreme Court in 2007 struck down its desegregation plan, which required that schools keep black enrollment between 15 percent and 50 percent.
The district now requires schools to enroll 15 percent to 50 percent of their students from neighborhoods where the average household income is below $41,000; average education levels are less than a high school diploma with some college; and the minority population is more than 48 percent...