Nashville Schools' Diversity Praised During Rezoning Trial

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Metro Nashville’s school zoning plan promotes integration by offering choice, national desegregation expert Leonard Stevens testified Wednesday in the final day of a trial over whether the district unfairly moved black students.

The district fought for magnet school grants to recruit white students to six predominantly black schools, and gave North Nashville families choices to be bused across town or attend neighborhood schools after the 2009 rezoning.

“A district that goes to the trouble … is intentionally promoting diversity,” said Stevens, a consultant based in Sarasota, Fla. “A district that has an array of choices is a district that is opening doors.”

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