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Corvallis Public Schools Elitist?

Hmmm. After looking at the public school boundary lines I happen to notice something: they seemed to have a distinct socio-economic mapping related them. I have to admit, it is probably coincidence, but if you examine the lines, you'll definitely see a pattern.

I am specifically noting the Garfield School District. I'm not kidding, but a vast majority of the apartments are carefully carved out for the school boundary. It will be interesting to note the changes in SES (socio-economic status) levels over the years, especially when the 2006-07 school data is wrestled from the Attorney General (if I understand correctly, you have to now pay for this information).

Now, I'm not suggesting neighborhoods be split up to ensure diversified schools (in a nice world it would be) - I'm just pointing out what I see.



If you notice also, the schools with the most modern, ie: expensive, equipment and facilities are in nicer areas. This is because public schools have been paid for traditionally by property taxes. Now with the Oregon lottery, there is not much paying going on anywhere. We are closing primary schools such as Harding and even Inavale, a school full of very well to do families. The schools, especially Garfield and Lincoln, were better off BEFORE the lottery. This was told to me by a Garfield teacher. When education becomes more of a priority than sculpted phalic symbols and fountains in downtown, it will be a fine day!