Admissions policy may be weakening diversity at some Chicago schools:

07/20/2010 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Some public schools in Chicago may be reducing diversity because of a pilot policy on admissions put into place in November. Under the policy, 40% of seats at the district's "selective schools" go to applicants with the highest scores on admissions tests, while the rest are assigned based on socioeconomic indicators. The policy change was an attempt to sustain integration in the district but not consider race in school admissions. Officials cautioned that their data on school diversity under the policy is preliminary.

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