Diversity Law

By: KAKE News
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We have a better idea of where thousands of Wichita children will go to school next year.

School board members reviewed recommendations for the district's new boundary lines Monday night.

According to the plan, fewer than 4 percent of students will be affected.

The plan also helps relieve over-populated schools and calls for fewer African American students to be bussed.

With more than 800 students, Cloud Elementary would seemingly appear to be one of the most diverse schools in the district, but Cloud Elementary is 80 percent Hispanic.

It's a balancing act to create diverse schools as federal law mandates, but unlike white and African American students, the same law doesn't require the district to bus Hispanic or Asian students to other schools for diversity reasons.

With the new proposed boundary lines, schools like Cloud will remain untouched -- sparking some concern.

With students that are from around the world, some say it's an advantage for people of the same culture to be around each other because it makes learning easier. Some also say having a school which is diverse is also an advantage, but when it comes to finding teachers -- it's a whole new ball game.

Of the 21,000 students who ride the bus, fewer than 4,000 are bussed to other schools for diversity.

The board will vote on the new boundaries next month.

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