Montgomery County school boundary change could close achievement gap

      ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Montgomery County officials are considering a change to school boundaries to diversify student bodies as a way to close a persistent achievement gap among some minority students.

      At a meeting Monday, schools Superintendent Joshua Starr told members of the county council that boundary changes would be considered in a study later this year.

      The Washington Post reports ( that several council members pressed for boundary changes after studies showed that minority achievement improved when low-income students attended schools with a higher proportion of affluent students.

      Starr called closing the achievement gap in the county a "moral imperative."

      One school board member - Christopher Barclay, who is African American - said he opposed boundary changes and was offended by the notion that minority students could only achieve when surrounded by whites.