Admissions policy is criticized for focus on socioeconomic status

12/1/2009 | Chicago Sun-Times (free registration)

A policy that ties admission to top Chicago public schools to socioeconomic data rather than race is unfair to black students, several black city aldermen argued Monday. The new admissions policy was adopted after a federal judge discontinued a desegregation decree that had been in place since 1980. City officials said federal law prevents race from being used to place students in schools. Proponents say it will give students from the lowest economic brackets a greater chance at coveted seats in the city's college-preparatory schools.

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