Last December, when the Eden Prairie School Board voted to go ahead with a controversial plan to integrate schools, I reported that other school districts would be watching. I just didn’t realize they’d be from all over the country.
Education Week yesterday posted a thorough, even-handed story about Superintendent Melissa Krull’s departure from Eden Prairie Public Schools.
But yesterdays’ Ed Week story is still worth a read, not least because it offers lots of interesting national context. The piece explains not just the racial dustup, but the totality of what Krull was attempting to do when Eden Prairie redrew school attendance boundaries.
Reporter Christina Samuels mentions a similar struggle in North Carolina, which recently ended a system that integrated schools by socioeconomic status, and presents helpful research about achievement in lower-poverty schools in Montgomery County, Md.
If there’s one thing the EdWeek story makes clear, it’s that the issue isn’t going to fade away with Krull’s departure.