School choice is supposed to close the achievement gap, but it does not. According to the U.S. Department of Education, it does result in increased segregation. Racial and economic segregation in urban schools is nothing new. The investigation in Duval County is compiling data on teacher salaries, qualifications, principal assignments and principal evaluations. The complaint will review differences in resources and staff associated with low income schools in Duval’s north and west side areas.
The basic question is whether students who live in locales with concentrated poverty have equal access to a high quality education. At least there are serious questions being asked about improving equity. These are concerns in most districts.