Raleigh mayor wants details on community schools plan

Posted April 22, 2010

— Raleigh's mayor has sent a letter to the Wake County Board of Education asking for details on a controversial student assignment plan that opponents believe will resegregate schools.

In the April 21 letter to board Chairman Ron Margiotta, Charles Meeker asked that the school system provide racial and economic information of students for current assignments as well as for proposed new assignments.

"We understand that while such plan has not been presented publicly to the school board, a plan has been presented privately to selected individuals," Meeker wrote.

A majority of members on the school board want to move away from the district's decade-old student assignment policy that buses students to ensure socio-economic balance at schools across the county.

Those in favor of the resolution have said they will develop a policy of community-based assignments, which will allow more students to attend school closer to home.

Board member John Tedesco will make a presentation Friday on how he will lead the 9-15-month planning process.

The Raleigh City Council and the Wake County Board of Commissioners recently adopted a resolution outlining their concerns about resegregation by race or socio-economic status.

Meeker also wrote in his that he wants the city, county and school board to work together to study the costs of the new assignment plan:

"Our council is concerned that the proposed reassignment plan will lead to higher taxes and more public debt," he said.

Tedesco's presentation is at 4 p.m. Friday at the Wake County Public School System's administration building, 3600 Wake Forest Road. The presentation will be carried live on


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  • soyousay Apr 23, 2010

    HUMMM!!! He's rolling in his ashes.

    odd turn of a phrase
    You should help him up, that is no place for the old guy to be

  • soyousay Apr 23, 2010

    "Fatchance" couldnt have said it any better myself!

    sadly, your standards are quite on it. YOu can do better than just spouting infectives and prechewed propaganda.

  • mtadish Apr 23, 2010

    Leave the Meekers alone, they are hanging themselves!

  • didisaythat Apr 23, 2010

    T-atts1000, thank you for that link, although, I can only take Wiki as a grain, but I like the info. As a person that grew up in Charlotte and went to public school from 9th grade to 12th grade (private school before) thank you parents for your dicision) I did not understand or see the busing issue. Although as someone who has an ultra-conservative father I heard about it at the dinner table and the like. One thing I will say is the answer is not moving the kids to better schools. Make all the schools mirror each other. If we are alll the same with the same wants and needs then if shcool A is located in the most upscale area and School B is in the hood if they offer the same classes, the same supplies then it would not matte where you went. If the School B needs more money for free lunches then they can get it because A would not need it. If that does not work then it must not be the schools and it is the students that are the problem.

  • CombatMed Apr 23, 2010

    I agree with whoever said most of the information circulating is common knowledge. Do you really think if his wife was able to tell him he'd request the information? I don't like the guy, but I don't think he's that imcompentent. On the next issue: relationship between the City Council and the County School Board. How can you say he should "butt out" when almost half of the student population lies within the city limits. If it were possible, I would seriously consider breaking off the merger and re-creating Raleigh City Schools. Talk about a split budget! The WCPSS would be as big as Raleigh with the only difference being, Raleigh would have the city to back itself up and they would have the county. It's the lesser of two evils folks, which one would you rather have? It's funny how bloggers spend hours on here bashing liberals, when they can't even read themselves.

    "The ends justify the means"- Machiavelli (Some of you should get that book.)

  • cwood3 Apr 22, 2010

    You are all so negative on the Mayor of Raleigh. I guess his incompetance is beginning to wear thin on some folks. Mayor Meeker is scared that the bad PR concerning the school board will make companys looking to move not consider Raleigh. DUH!!

    I wonder about pine straw, $200+M buildings the voters don't want,
    draught police, or how about the disposal debackle. If folks added these 4 items to the school board issues. we cou;d not build fast enough in Johnston Co. However, the media and others want all this off the table.

    Elections have consequences. See when your favorite lib is running for re-election-and un-elect them.

    I plan to do all in my power to remove my congressman-Nancy Pelowsi's fair haired boy Bob Ethridge. Our dog catcher might listen more than he does.

    Hummm-do we have a common thread-politicians not listening????? HUMMM!
    My father used to say that not listening to voters is disrespectful. HUMMM!!! He's rolling in his ashes.

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  • NH Mom Apr 22, 2010

    The school board has not completed a plan. Mr. Meeker is asking for a place on the school board. Once the school board has a plan, he, along with the rest of the citizens of Wake County, should have the chance to peruse it and state his opinion. Nothing in the city charter of his job description says he gets to be privy to the inner working of the Wake County Board of Education.

  • NCPictures Apr 22, 2010

    "Hey Meeker, here's a novel idea. Try attending the School Board meetings." ----DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT

    He probably feels like he is above mingling with the "common folk". Perhaps he will send one of "his people".

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Apr 22, 2010

    "Raleigh mayor wants details on community schools plan"

    Hey Meeker, here's a novel idea. Try attending the School Board meetings.