Achievement First, a new charter elementary school opening this summer in Providence, Rhode Island, is one such school seeking to enroll an economically diverse student body. To do so, administrators are using a weighted lottery that gives priority to low-income applicants. They selected 176 attendees out of approximately 1,200 applicants this past March.
Giving priority to low income applicants would make the school more diverse if it was in any way appealing to middle or upper income students, for instance, in terms of location or curriculum. As it is, giving priority to low-income applicants just locks in segregation, despite drawing from a diverse regional enrollment area.