Education

Groups plan protest at next Wake schools meeting

Posted December 10, 2009
Updated December 11, 2009

Two groups have filed notice with the Raleigh Police Department that they plan to protest at the next meeting of the Wake County Board of Education. The school board is due to meet Tuesday at 3 p.m. at 3600 Wake Forest Road in Raleigh.

The two groups -- Americans for Prosperity and Bigger Picture 4 Wake -- are on opposite sides of the heated issue about how Wake County students are assigned to schools.

Four new members of the board took office Dec. 1, changing the balance of power. Debra Goldman, Chris Malone, Deborah Prickett and John Tedesco campaigned on a willingness to move away from the district’s policy of busing students to create socio-economic diversity within individual schools. The new board members join Ron Margiotta in support of neighborhood schools.

Four board members remain who supported the diversity measures. In their first act in office, the new members moved to remove Kevin Hill as chairman of the board and elected Margiotta to replace him.

Americans for Prosperity issued a "call to action" on its Web site saying, "members will be taking part in a 'Support change, support the new board rally' before the next school board meeting. We will then attend the meeting as a show of support for the new school board majority."

Bigger Picture 4 Wake lists support for "socio-economic balance in Wake County schools" on its Web site.

On the application for a protest permit, each group indicated it expected a turnout of about 50 people.

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  • br549znc Dec 15, 2009

    Regardless of the policies implemented, the students who succeed are the ones who get help and support from their parents. Those that don't get such will most likely not succeed regardless of which school they attend.

    Parental love and involvement is the key to it all.

  • ICTrue Dec 11, 2009

    "this is what they were elected to do..the people have spoken"

    Exactly...the 99.9% of sane people in Wake county that were opposed to the idiotic policies of the previous board voted for people that support common sense.

  • james27613 Dec 11, 2009

    Forcing your kid to ride a bus 30+ min. each way to school is
    not going to do a thing for diversity.

    Put a stop to these foolish bus programs, it hurts the students instead of helping them.

    Same for ESL and free lunches, they move the kids around to
    cook the books so the numbers look good.

  • Raptor06 Dec 11, 2009

    "However no amount of shuffling anyone around will do anything unless more parents get involved with their kids. Its not enough to get involved with the school, you need to be involved as a parent, as a friend, and as a teacher yourself"...
    xandevalinour

    That's the best statement on this topic.

    The NAACP has it wrong again. This is bussing for "resources" not socio-economic diversity. Like "liberal," some of you have made "diversity" a bad word. You should know that "those" community schools receive less funding and resources. And to tell the truth, "community schools" sounds good, but it's a back door way to resegregate the schools. Our communities don't reflect the makeup that the schools do now, and some of you know that. However, parental involvement is the true key to academic excellence, not necessarily who your child sits next to.

  • seeingthru Dec 11, 2009

    bussing is a waste of time and money and does not even work

  • ncwebguy Dec 11, 2009

    "Americans For Prosperity" KILLED the school bond would have created enough schools to avoid overcrowding and make year round schools voluntary, not mandatory. AFP also forced the smaller follow-up bond (which they still fought anyway) that did not solve the problem of not enough desks for the growing school population.

    AFP has been wrong time and again, yet people still want to belive the lies that schools can be run "cheaper". This led to "neighborhood schools" and "an end to busing".

    Charlotte has shown that neighborhood schools cost more. Period. AFP won down there a decade ago and have NOTHING to show for it.

    Lie: The entire busin budget will be saved.
    Reality: Only a fraction will be saved, because many children will still have to be bused to their "neighborhood school".

    Lie: The money saved on busing will go to improve failing schools.
    Truth: AFP's new board will not spend a dime on the newly failing "bad neigbhorhood" schools.

  • 6079 SMITH W Dec 11, 2009

    Its official.....elections don't mean squat anymore. If the majority rules, (a democracy) then all the losers have to do is raise hell and go to court to fix things right. This is new way of politics ever since that farcical 2000 presidential "election"......What happened to us? We should change the name of our country to "Berzerkistan"........................

  • djcgriffin Dec 11, 2009

    TarheelsDontLikeEdwards and StopBusing - That may prove more cost-effective and beneficial for the students! I like it.

    I also think that if the teachers at the underperforming schools received something similar to a shift-differential and financial incentives for improving the performance of their class/grade, I think we may see more qualified teachers trying their luck at those schools. There are children that do not want to learn, and that's their struggle, but for the children who want to learn but are assigned to their neighborhood school, let's get in there and make sure they do not fall through the cracks.

    I can't help to think that student could have been me! :-\

  • xandevalinour Dec 11, 2009

    shuffling kids around for diversity only serves one purpose, to raise the test scores of the lower performing schools to mask the fact the were still under performing. You dont fix a schools under performance by sending different kids there, you fix it by sending different teachers. You say there is a lack of teachers?? well then apparently more needs to be done to lure teachers into the area, moving kids around to different schools does not do that.

    secondly its much cheaper to send 3 teachers from north wake to so southeast wake then 300+ students.

    However no amount of shuffling anyone around will do anything unless more parents get involved with their kids. Its not enough to get involved with the school, you need to be involved as a parent, as a friend, and as a teacher yourself

  • Even Dec 11, 2009

    " It's called the candidates who won played on the naive voters"

    Hey, we got a president that way and now we have to live with it. That must be the way it really works. I was one of the naive folks.

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