Wake group to hold vigil on school diversity issue

Posted March 17, 2010

— A group opposed to the Wake County Board of Education's plans to end the school system's decade-old diversity policy has planned a candlelight vigil in protest.

The Little Light of Mine Candlelight Vigil for Diversity in Our Schools is scheduled for next Monday at 7 p.m. at Martin Street Baptist Church, 1001 E. Martin St., Raleigh.

"We do not want to see our community divided into groups of differing social and economic classes, races and cultures, languages or faiths," a flier distributed Wednesday by the Wake County Clergy Association said.

The school board voted 5-4 this month in favor of a resolution to begin plans to move away from the school system's policy of busing students to help ensure each school is socioeconomically diverse. Board members want to implement a community-based assignment plan, in which students go to schools closer to their homes.

A final vote on the resolution is expected at the school board's meeting next Tuesday.

Critics argue, in part, that it will segregate poor students and keep them from receiving the same quality of education as more economically advantaged students.

School board members, however, have insisted that they have no plans to segregate students and that student achievement is their top priority.


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  • working for deadbeats Mar 17, 2010

    My neighborhood is diverse and it's miserable. The loud stereos, dogs, people hanging out at home everyday and the litter is such a joy. It wasn't like this 6 years ago. So much for coexisting...

  • BraveHeart Mar 17, 2010

    I agree with you taxman...take out the trash

  • ncmedic201 Mar 17, 2010

    I am so tired of people assuming things about those that are low-mod income households. My children were on the reduced lunch program last year. I am white. I have a job. I did not live on food stamps. I go to PTA meetings, field trips, awards ceremonies. I am your average blue-collar worker. Now I have 2 jobs and can't spend as much time at the school but no longer have the reduced lunch program. Not everyone makes six figures a year and some of us are very happy with our career choices. I hope that none of you lose your big incomes, big houses and fancy cars because you have no idea what it is like to try and feed your children, go back to school and start over!

  • RWDJ Mar 17, 2010

    "We do not want to see our community divided into groups of differing social and economic classes, races and cultures, languages or faiths,"

    Do they even realize that their own words make them look like idiots. If neighborhood schools will "divide our community into groups of differing social and economic classes, races and cultures, languages or faith" then would it not make sense that the community already chose to extricate itself from normal society. Neighborhood schools would be as diverse as the people who choose to attend them. Yes, you heard me right. CHOSE. If we exclude ourselves from society and live in "Latino, Asian, Italian" communities.... oh wait a minute. Those aren't the communities whining....its the African Americans. They are the only ethnic group that works hard to divide our society into "them" vs us and then whines and protests when they are left out.

  • Nancy Mar 17, 2010

    And they were told to bring their own candles to the vigil - yes, I'm serious. LOL

  • onyourheels2 Mar 17, 2010

    judging by some of the people protesting the school board's decision, i hope they don't burn themselves.

  • wakeconative4ever Mar 17, 2010

    Maybe instead of spending time "holding a vigil" the people who support "diversity" and are worried about the education of "poor" children should spend time tutoring, mentoring, and reaching out to the economically disadvantaged students and their parents. Until the parents of these poor students care and get involved in their childrens lives, there is really no hope for these kids. And that is really sad to me.

  • tamiya_stars Mar 17, 2010

    Too bad WRAL is a free publicity outlet for any rag tag group who claims to oppose the new school board direction. How about having some integrity if you are claiming to be journalists??? Quit trying to pass what should be editorial content as the news day after day.

  • josephlawrence43 Mar 17, 2010

    "diversity" ---a new buzz word for racist and racism?? Apparently if one supports neighborhood schools concept, or if one opposes the NAACP's definition and concept of diversity-you are automatically a racist.

  • Remy Mar 17, 2010

    Superman must be jealous of Cary. Contrary to what you may think, you too can buy housing in Cary for well under $100,000. I know because I own property in Cary well under that mark. There are higher and lower income areas in all communities of Wake County. How about N. Raleigh for instance?

    But on the subject at hand, don't think the vigil will do much good, but I think it is great they are taking action on a topic they fell strongly about.