Socioeconomic data may be used for Chicago magnet-school admissions

11/10/2009 | Chicago Sun-Times (free registration)

As they overhaul magnet-school admissions policies, school officials in Chicago may give additional preference to siblings of students and are considering income levels and other socioeconomic data for the first time. A court ruling in September to abandon a 30-year-old desegregation decree has opened the door for the city to join other districts nationwide that rely on socioeconomic data to form diverse schools.

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