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Local School Districts Don't Struggle With Diversity

PASCO, Wash. - The U.S. Supreme Court rules schools cannot create diversity in the classroom based solely on race.

Student variety can be a struggle for some schools across the country, but local school administrators said in the Tri-Cities it happens naturally.

The Kennewick School District offers open enrollment. And both Richland and Pasco rely on school boundaries to determine diversity.

"Parents realize, and students realize, that they gain a lot by having classmates and friends with different backgrounds," said Courtney Stenson, Pasco School District.  

69% of students in Pasco are Hispanic. 26% are White. Nearly 3% are Black.  1.4% are Asian.  Less than half of 1% are Native American. 

A district spokesman said the locations of the schools help integrate students with each other.

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