Cleveland defends its desegregation plan

The Cleveland School District is defending its latest proposed plan to desegregate its schools, arguing that alternate plans would encourage white flight and reduce racial diversity. The school board, with the support of Superintendent Jacquelyn Thigpen, most recently proposed a plan that would house most 6th through 8th graders, along with 11th and 12th graders, at facilities on the predominantly white west side of town. Ninth and 10th graders would be located at the current East Side High campus, the majority black area of Cleveland. “The District has designed the Unified High School Plan to address specific concerns from the East Side community regarding East Side High’s legacy and the importance of maintaining a facility offering significant programming in that community,” the district’s Dec. 19 filing stated.