"...even when 94 percent of the 40,000 parents who answered the majority's survey said they were "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their children's assignments."
Bob, there were thousands of us who answered this question by saying we were satisfied by nevertheless are strongly supporting the board majority and their decision to go to a zone assignment model. I have spoken with dozens of them myself in my neighborhood. The question only asked about current assignments, yet for many of us have had to attend a school that we did not care for at one time or another. I am pleased with my current assignment, but have had some unacceptable assignments in the past - like having to attend a distant elementary school, when there were 23 other elementary schools closer to my home.
In addition, the question was asked in the context of a survey on school calendars. Both liberal and conservative polls indicate that a majority of parents (include a majority of African American parents, and a majority of those who identify themselves as liberal) want neighborhood schools. On the conservative side, the Civitas poll showed that 68.2% of voters oppose the diversity policy, and 73.3% would rather send their kids to the closest school.
On the liberal side, the PPP poll taken before the election showed 61% of voters opposed the busing policy with only 29% in support of it in that early September poll. Perhaps most telling 46% of African Americans were opposed to it with only 39% supportive. And even Democrats overall were only narrowly supportive, 49/39, while Republicans were opposed 82/9 and independents were 66/25.
Why not quote these polls which framed the question more concisely?
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