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“But the other thing is, honestly, that people like that school … That’s sort of a trend, actually, in district 196,” she said. It wouldn’t be right to tell families of color they have to leave a school they like, she added.
The state and district are becoming more diverse, and schools with Cedar Park’s demographics are now more common, Garcia said.
Currently, two other district schools — Echo Park and Oak Ridge — are almost racially identifiable and may receive the state’s designation soon.
A new state law will make districts more accountable for actually changing the demographics of racially isolated schools, rather than just making plan after plan, Wells said.
Wells said she’d like to think district leadership is ready to take “a hard, serious look at a systemwide change,” she said. “There’s been a plan in place, and it’s a great plan, and we’ve seen some movement. But it’s not enough and we need to do more.”
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