School board discussion of a proposed plan that seeks to balance the number of students who qualify for free and reduced-price lunches in the Iowa City Community School District focused not on diversity but rather on consistency.
Both district residents and board members aired their issues with the policy’s language and targets during its first reading at Tuesday’s regular board meeting.
One repercussion of the plan involves moving students to different buildings in order to achieve that balance and alleviate the current chasm between district schools, a move that educators believe will reduce the challenges faced by schools with high concentrations of those learners.
The current draft of the policy calls for “at least 95 percent of the capacity of the permanent secondary building capacity should be utilized,” before adding on to current junior and high schools or building another school, such as the oft-debated potential third high school in North Liberty.
What do you think of the plan? Should Iowa City force some students to attend other schools in order to better distribute students from low-income homes?