Many Still Question Iowa City Diversity Policy

By Mark Carlson, KCRG-TV

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Next week a new group called the “Black Voices Project” will meet to discuss the Iowa City Community School District’s diversity policy with the superintendent.

Alecia Brooks, who has a cousin at Kirkwood Elementary, says some families are concerned about moving kids from the school throughout the district to meet the criteria laid out by the policy.

“Breaking up the schools, having children moved around,” she said. “Interrupting the flow they have going on.”

The changes will begin in the fall of 2015. Administrators are still laying out the execution portion of the plan, which will help even out the number of students on free and reduced lunches at schools throughout the district.

Brooks says many people just want to meet with the superintendent in a comfortable environment to find out how the policy will affect them.

The meeting, which is aimed at minority families, will take place May 8 at The Spot in Iowa City, 1030 Cross Park Ave. It begins at 6 p.m. and is open to all interested in attending.

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