Eastpointe School Board Member Warns of ‘White Flight’ from Schools of Choice Decision

The Detroit News, March 13, 2012

A member of the East Detroit school board warns that his district’s participation in a Michigan Schools of Choice program could lead to whites leaving the Macomb County community.

On Monday night, the East Detroit Board of Education voted 5-2 to open the district to neighboring Wayne County schools, including those in Detroit and Harper Woods.

The Macomb Daily and MLive.com report board member Jon Gruenberg said Schools of Choice in other districts had caused a “second wave of white flight.” He predicted that could happen in the East Detroit district, where the number of minority students continues to increase.

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[Editor’s Note: For an earlier article on Schools of Choice in Detroit, see here.]

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