I found the article about flight from diversity in Mesa Verde schools to be interesting. I personally found that diversity in all areas — economic, religious, racial — as well as full inclusion for children with challenges to be beneficial to my children, who attended California Elementary, TeWinkle Intermediate and Estancia High schools. I have four grandchildren who graduated from Estancia. Three of the four have earned bachelor's degrees and one currently enrolled in a master's program.
Recently, a grandchild who lives in a neighboring school district had a tough time working through some bullying the first semester of eighth grade. These were peers that she was in scouting with during elementary school!
Her grades had dropped to Ds. After all appropriate steps were taken, and after no real solutions to her situation, it was suggested that she come to live with us and attend the second semester of eighth grade at TeWinkle.