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Apex Man Drops Lawsuit Against Wake Schools

Posted May 26, 2007
Updated May 27, 2007

— An Apex man suing the Wake County Public School System because his daughters are assigned to two different high schools has decided to drop the lawsuit.

David Bailey said he and his wife, Rhonda Bailey, opted to let the decision stand, because the continued fight with the Wake County Board of Education was having an impact on his family, he said.

"I can plainly see a distance which has grown between members of our family as only time, distance, and differing goals can create," Bailey wrote on his family's blog.

The issued centered on school reassignment needed to fill two new high schools. At the time, as a rising 10th-grader, Brittany Bailey was required to go to the new Holly Springs High School while Amber Bailey, an 11th-grader, was to remain at her old school.

The Baileys argued reassignment prevented their daughters from attending an early morning religious class essential for the family's Mormon faith.

School board members decided not to make exceptions for separating siblings because it would have been difficult to fill the new schools.

David Bailey said in his blog post that he told the school board only a week earlier that he would drop the suit if the girls could attend school together next year.

It was at least the sixth time the board denied his request, he said


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  • nosouthernershere May 28, 2007

    it was based for religious reasons??? they were not able to attend religious classes???? You are free to practice any religion you want too. Don't expect me to bend over backward so you can do so though.

  • photography May 28, 2007

    I don't see what the big deal is. The girls went to different schools when the older one left elementary for middle, and then again when the older one began high school. As a parent, I would rather agree to some change (like this and the year-round issue) than having my kids in an overcrowded classroom. Some people embrace change, some just go with the flow, and there are others will argue against anything that wasn't their idea.

  • farcry May 28, 2007

    This has to be one of the dumbest things I've ever heard. Maybe it's just me, but why split up households? Why not let both daughters go to the same school and switch someone else? It's a moronic statement to say that the school board members "decided not to make exceptions for separating siblings because it would have been difficult to fill the new schools." Just move someone else, or move both sisters and let someone else stay at the orinigal school. What kind of dopes are making these decisions?

  • bc3278 May 27, 2007

    never saw a school board with so much power in a community. It's such a shame for the girls to have to go to different schools. That is something that should have and could have been prevented. With the posts I have read, maybe the people of Wake County will wise up and elect a more people friendly school board next time out.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc May 27, 2007

    Smitty, you are so right. Unfortunately most people don't pay attention like you said. I'm glad you brought it up because this I have a real problem with the way we elect school board members. Mine is local to Apex and he votes with more common sense than the others if you ask me. But, unfortunately, he's the only one I can vote for! It's split up rather like congressional districts. It makes no sense at the county level to me. I would like to see us have the ability to vote for all of them, I believe that would make them more accountable to all the citizens of Wake County. As it stands now, they can target areas without any fear of retribution on election day. By the way, 5 out of 9 of the school board members are up for election this November.

  • smitty May 27, 2007

    You people keep complaining about the board. Do you know who is on the board? You should, you voted for those positions. I hope you will pay more attention to who you are voting for next time. People seem only to be interested in presidential elections and are oblivious to who their local and state representatives are.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc May 27, 2007

    How ridiculous that siblings get split up like that. There is absolutely no reason why they can't make exceptions for siblings. Seems clear to me that this is another example of a school board that cares nothing for the impact that they have on people's lives.

  • cjump May 27, 2007

    Evidently my original post was lost.

    Pooh - the money from education should come from local property taxes. If we can get away from state $$$'s maybe we can get rid of some of the ridiculous state mandated garbage in the schools.

  • cjump May 27, 2007

    sorry, i pushed the wrong key.

    Education in a LOCAL ISSUE, PERIOD. The state and federal government can help, but should not be the driving force.

  • Tax Man May 27, 2007

    RN00 - the problem is the WCPSS school board, period! The majority of school districts across the US that have tried Year Round as the "solution" to overcrowding have found it falls short of success, and many have returned to traditional schedules or a hybrid. Year round calendars do not cure overcrowding - very simple. The cure is just as simple - it is called competition. If the state would just issue a Voucher to each student, of equal value, then every parent could choose where their child would attend and what programs they would like to participate in. Academic competition is the best way to spread the population and to encourage new schools. Also, removing the cap on charter schools would help considerably. If parents have choice and each child, no matter poor or rich, has the same voucher, then the students win and the Board of Education would have to adjust to compete. It would take the politics out of schools!