racial lines, access to IB is an especially sensitive issue. "We want to make sure our International Baccalaureate students reflect the demographics of the whole school," said Rita Green, a former Beach parent who now chairs the Seattle/King County NAACP Education Committee. "We don’t want it to be like Garfield, where you have two schools in one building one for white and one for blacks." Little danger of that. Rainier Beach has few white students. It is paying for IB with a combination of federal and district grants that will last only two more years. Seattle’s other IB high schools Ingraham and Chief Sealth spent their district grants long ago and now depend on parent funding or building level dollars to sustain their programs. But Rainier Beach has twice as many as low income students as Ingraham, 30 percent more than Sealth and far less money raising muscle than either. "I’m very concerned," said Nerissa Hallberg, the academic dean. "We’re in this defining moment.
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