School Colors Episode 9 : Code Switch Over the course of this season, we've explored a rich history and complicated present, but what about the future? In the final episode, we catch up with parents who became activated on both sides of the debate over the diversity plan. And, since the diversity plan never came to fruition, we ask...what now?

School Colors Episode 9: 'Water Under The Bridge'

School Colors Episode 9: 'Water Under The Bridge'

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School Colors Episode 9: "Water Under The Bridge"

Cassandra Giraldo

When we first heard what was going on in School District 28, a second season of School Colors was the furthest thing from our minds.

As journalists, a story about angry parents trying to stop change sounded like something we had all heard before. It's the kind of thing that always gets a lot of play in the media with no help from us. That instinct was only confirmed in the following weeks, with the coverage of those ugly meetings of the District 28 Community Education Council.

But the more we started looking into this story, the more layers we found that weren't just about the naysayers. In fact, these meetings activated people all over the district, on both ends of the political spectrum. In talking with them, we tapped into the rich history and complicated present of a place both very diverse and deeply segregated.

We set out to make sense of why a school district in the most diverse place on the planet would need a diversity plan – and why that plan went off the rails. We found ourselves returning, time and time again, to a north-south divide, not just in schools, but in housing. And given all the disparities, we asked, how do you build an education system that works for everybody?

Over the course of this season, we've explored a rich history and complicated present, but what about the future? In this episode, we catch up with parents who became activated on both sides of the debate over the diversity plan. And, since the diversity plan never came to fruition, we ask...what now?

Listen to Code Switch on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.