News from around Iowa: When school diversity meets walkability in Iowa City

An interesting challenge is facing Iowa City and the Iowa City school district.  The School Board passed a diversity policy in 2013 in an effort to create a more even distribution of students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch in the district; a factor the district uses as an indicator of poverty.  Now the Planning and Zoning Commission is asking the City Council to urge the School Board to add a walkability clause to its diversity policy.  The clause would guarantee that any student living within a half-mile of one or more elementary schools along a safe route could enroll in that school, and also guarantee that residential areas located within a half-mile of an elementary school would not be zoned to a school outside a walkable distance of a half-mile.

The full article from the Iowa City Press Citizen is here.

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