Proposed admission changes at Booker T Washington and Carver Middle Schools

Monday, November 10th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

New details on admission changes at two local magnet schools. Tulsa Public Schools just released Monday four proposals for admissions changes at Booker T Washington High School and Carver Middle School.

News on 6 anchor Terry Hood has an update on what TPS is considering.

Tulsa Public Schools spent two weeks trying to come up with a plan that would insure racial diversity, without quotas. Now, there are four options on the table. One deals with grade point average, the rest come down to geography.

Right now, Booker T and Carver Middle School both make sure about half of the student body is black and the other half is white. But school leaders announced two weeks ago that policy is not in line with a recent US Supreme Court decision.

Now they're trying to craft a policy to maintain diversity, without violating the law. Many of the plans give preference to north Tulsa, but they use different geographic lines for admission. Some are the current high school boundaries; others are quadrants the district created.

In a press release, TPS Superintendent Dr David Sawyer says he intends to maintain current academic standards.

Earlier in the year there was talk of raising the requirements, but Sawyer says it's enough change to bring the school in line with Supreme Court decisions.