PCS delays diversity vote

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

PCS board to delay vote on diversity proposal

Pacific Collegiate School’s board will not vote on a new diversity proposal at tonight’s 5:30 p.m. meeting as initially planned, President Deepika Shrestha Ross said. Rather, the board will discuss the proposal and vote at a later time, she said.

The school’s diversity committee has drafted a proposal to set aside 10 percent of open seats for the seventh-grade admissions lottery to students who would be the first in their family to go to college or who qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program. The plan is meant to diversify the school along ethnic and socioeconomic lines.
The county Office of Education, which chartered the 480-student school 10 years ago, has urged the board to devise strategies for making the student body more closely resemble the rest of the county’s student population, which is 52 percent Latino and 40 percent white. Seveny-two [sic] percent of PCS students are white, according to the most recent figures available.

California Educational Code 47605 (b) (5) (G):
The means by which the school will achieve a racial and ethnic balance
among its pupils that is reflective of the general population residing within
the territorial jurisdiction of the school district to which the charter
petition is submitted.

The 2006 PCS Diversity Plan



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