Salem-Keizer community ‘not ready for integration’ to reach equity in schools

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Under a proposed boundary plan for Salem-Keizer Public Schools, older, more racially and economically diverse and overcrowded schools will continue as such, despite improvements under the district’s $620 million capital-construction bond program.

The newer, more white and affluent schools also will receive building and classroom improvements, but no additional students.

That has some patrons from Salem’s and Keizer’s lower-income neighborhoods venting their frustration and disappointment to school administrators and board members, especially since more than half of the district’s 42,200 students identify with a race or ethnicity other than white.

Read more here.

Follow-up: Salem-Keizer School Board OKs boundary changes 5-2

Published by Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is the education reporter for the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French and Francophone Studies from Willamette University.

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