Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Franklin redraws school district maps for racial, socioeconomic integration

"Six neighborhoods were rezoned in Franklin Special School District Thursday in an effort to create more evenly distributed minority and socioeconomic populations throughout the traditional calendar schools."

"Students living in Heritage Place, Andover, Cheswick, Royal Oaks apartments, River Oaks apartments and the Natchez neighborhood will be going to new schools next year. The changes bring minority percentages at Liberty Elementary from 49% this year to 41.5% next year. It also boosts the percentages at Johnson from 24% to 32.8% and at Moore Elementary from 24.5% to 26%. It virtually does not move the 32% minority percentage at Franklin Elementary."

"The Andover and Cheswick subdivisions off Liberty Pike will be rezoned to the much closer Liberty Elementary, bringing more majority students to school with the district's highest percentage of Hispanic students. Finally, students who have been bused from the Natchez area in downtown Franklin to Moore Elementary since 1994 will go to school at nearby Johnson Elementary."

The Tennessean

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