The Rockford School District has had a history of discrimination and segregation lawsuits. So you better believe people are paying close attention as the district prepares to go back to neighborhood elementary schools.
The zoning committee presented their plan Tuesday night to run a more efficient district by creating elementary school zones. This task is harder to do than zoning the high schools for several reasons. One of the most notable reasons is that elementary schools are smaller and inherently harder to keep racial and socioeconomic diversity. One of the co-chairs of the committee said things are different now than they were last time the district had neighborhood schools. She says the education will be equal because every school follows the state's learning standards.
"So that there's equality in what instructional programs kids are receiving in every school. So that would also be a way of stabilizing the educational outcomes for kids," says Susan Haney Bauer co-chair of the zoning committee.
The committee also recommended the district use a demographer on a permanent basis to analyze population trends in the district.