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jamesinca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 06:43 AM
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S.F. parents rekindle desegregation debate
S.F. parents rekindle desegregation debate
Issue of diversity vs. neighborhood schools

Heather Knight, Chronicle Staff Writer Tuesday, October 7, 2003


Andy Chu, 15, grudgingly plans to begin class today after a six-week attendance strike failed to earn him a slot in one of San Francisco's top public high schools near his Sunset District home.

Across town in the Bayview, Terry Malone, 16, would like to attend a good high school close to home, too -- but there aren't any. Instead of going on strike, he joined a community drive to build a new Bayview high school.

Today, Chu and Malone are emblematic of a growing debate over how the San Francisco Unified School District balances twin goals of school desegregation and student choice in where -- and, by extension, with whom -- they go to school.

Playing the old role of whites during desegregation battles of the past, west side Chinese Americans, like Chu and his family, are fighting assignments to low-performing schools in heavily Latino and African American sections of town.

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