Wake commissioners weigh in on community-based schools

Posted April 19, 2010

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— The Wake County Board of Commissioners on Monday took a stand against the school board's plan to set up community-based assignments.

A measure by commissioner Stan Norwalk expresses "deep concern over any attempt to re-segregate Wake’s public schools by either race or socioeconomic status."

The board's three Republican members voted against the measure, which basically puts the commissioners' concerns over community-assignment zones on the record.

The Wake County School Board recently voted 5-4 to move away from an economic diversity policy that has been part of student assignment decisions for a decade.

The school system bases diversity calculations on the number of students in a school who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, which are federally subsidized and depend on family income.

Opponents of community-based assignments say they fear it will lead to re-segregation. Newly elected school board members, who voted in favor of the change, insist that they have no plans to segregate students.


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  • DLG Apr 20, 2010

    Factchangeimwrong: No, the truth does not hurt. I am a product of the SE Raleigh schools, and I truly say that I am not using drugs, I am not in a gang, my grades were good, and I did not receive free or reduced lunch. My ex is a preacher of good standing and he is also a product of SE Raleigh schools. To say that just because SE Raleigh children causes is untrue. How about looking at the statistics of what Garner has as far as crime and drop out rates in your schools before SE Raleigh students came?

  • are you kidding me Apr 20, 2010

    Cool, we identified three more people to be voted out!

  • NoFreakinWay Apr 20, 2010

    Stan Norwalk, take a walk! I hear they are playing lawn golf at the old folks home and if you and Harold hurry you can still make the game!

  • mep Apr 20, 2010

    A measure by commissioner Stan Norwalk expresses "deep concern over any attempt to re-segregate Wake’s public schools by either race or socioeconomic status."... so what he is saying is neighborhoods are ALREADY segregated by either race or socioeconomic status, and it is the responsibility of the schools to fix this. HOGWASH! If schools were given equal funding and resources, this would NOT be an issue. If teachers were assigned to schools rather than children, teaching resources could be directed to where they are needed most. Those are the things Wake commissioners should be dealing with. NOT busing kids all around the county for some kind of social experiment. They keep this up and they will find themselves out of their jobs.

  • fatchanceimwrong Apr 20, 2010

    DLG: My comments were referring to the students that live in SE Raleigh, whether they are black, white or whatever. Garner use to have some great schools and can again, once they transfer the students from SE Raleigh back to the schools in their community. Along with the past reassignments of SE Raleigh students to Garner came a big increase in drugs and violence in that school. I know because I went there and my son does now. The makeup of people in SE Raleigh is predominantly black, so you can say that my comment relates to mostly black people, if that makes you feel better to accuse someone of making racist comments. Sometimes the truth is hard to swallow, right?

  • DLG Apr 20, 2010

    Readme: Can you provide the %ages of minority performances?! Are you saying that all minorites are not intelligent? Are you saying all minorites have disipline problems? Have you been looking @ the news lately? What about the %age of minorites who do make it and graduate w/honors from a good high school? What about the ones whose parents are busting their chops to make sure their children does right and graduate? What about the ones who are able to graduate from college w/ a good degree? Everyone is ready to bring the wrath of God on minority groups, but other groups are not always perfect either.

  • rand321 Apr 20, 2010

    I do not like the idea of the lady from CLt training the new board members on how to set up tax credits for parents to send their kids to private schools.

    As a childless Wake Co taxpayer, can I get a credit on property taxes for not having any kids to burden the system?

    its not fair for the taxpayers to support private schools and to use our tax money to fund religious instruction. Whether its Christian, Muslim or Jewish private school, our tax money should not be used there.

  • readme Apr 20, 2010

    What we need more of is less whining and more personal accountability in minority communities. There's a reason white people move out of those communities and pull their kids out of those schools. Let's just address that pink elephant head on. Minority students, on average, underperform, and there are more discipline problems. That is a fact. What's up for a debate is why. They're not less intelligent. They value education less, because their parents value education less, for whatever reason. I seriously doubt a school underperforms due to less budget or bad teachers. I would say it is much more likely the school underperforms due to the quality of students that go there, which is a direct result of attitude and parental involvement. But god forbid if we blame minority communities for this, that would be so not PC.

  • DLG Apr 20, 2010

    No fatchaneimwrong, I am not ignorant, but a child born after the civil rights movement did their job and went to black majority schools who fit unfornately your description. When you make general comments, anybody can assume what you are getting at. Are you including blacks, hispanics and white people or just blacks in comments?

  • jas1022 Apr 20, 2010

    Once again, government getting invovled in an idea that does not fit THEIR IDEA.