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Investigators hear of school segregation concerns in Wayne County

Posted May 17, 2010
Updated May 18, 2010

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— Investigators looking into allegations of segregation in the Wayne County School System heard from parents Monday evening.

Staffers from the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education attended a public forum at the Wayne County Public Library, 1001 E. Ash St. in Goldsboro.

The meeting was held to address the state NAACP's claims of segregation in the district.

"Segregation is here and something needs to be done,” parent Michelle Moore told the investigators during the forum.

The NAACP filed a federal Title VI complaint against the school system in December, claiming its practices deprive black students of their constitutional right to an education.

Parents say the signs of racial segregation are obvious.

"The commonality is that they happen to be African American,” parent Lynette Cox said.

“We are going to always have segregation because that is what it is. Call it what it is,” parent Wataqua Cox said.

The NAACP says school policies have resulted in higher dropout and suspension rates, lower graduation rates and stiffer discipline for black students.

The civil rights group says less than 50 percent of black, Hispanic and Native American children in grades 3-8 achieved a proficient score on end-of-grade tests for the 2008-09 school year. For white students, that rate was 76.7 percent.

The NAACP also alleges that the school system uses buses to segregate schools in Goldsboro by race rather than by neighborhood.

The investigators said they are not yet sure if any laws have been broken, and Chairman Rick Pridgen declined to comment Monday on the ongoing investigation.

Another public forum is planned for Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Rebuilding Broken Places Community Center, 2105 North William St. in Goldsboro.

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  • wildcat May 20, 2010

    lot of things don't show up after posting here.

    I NOTICE THAT TOO. WONDER WHY? NOT THAT AN ANSWER WILL COME.

  • wildcat May 20, 2010

    STOP MAKING EVERYTHING IN LIFE ABOUT THE POOR BLACK PEOPLE IN THE U.S.

    MY FRIEND THERE IS POOR WHITES TOO.

  • wildcat May 20, 2010

    Tired of hearing how ONLY black students dont get a good education!!!!

    SEEMS LIKE SOME OF YOU ARE JUST PURE JEALOUS OF BLACKS. GET TO KNOW THEM BEFORE JUDGING AND YOU MIGHT LEARN SOMETHING GOOD.

  • beachboater May 19, 2010

    For some reason, a lot of things don't show up after posting here.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 19, 2010

    heather819062, to address your question, there is a NAAWP. I posted the link to Wiki here, but for some reason it didn't get posted.

  • mrbigt032j May 18, 2010

    ABOUT ALL SPORTS HAS ABOUT ALL BLACK PLAYERS IF IT WAS ALL WHITE PLAYERS THIS WOULD BE A RACE ISSURE .

  • beautifulbambie May 18, 2010

    Tired of hearing how ONLY black students dont get a good education!!!! It has nothing to do with race, it's what the children themselves decide they want out of life! If they dont wanna learn u CANNOT shove it down their throats. STOP MAKING EVERYTHING IN LIFE ABOUT THE POOR BLACK PEOPLE IN THE U.S.

  • whiteha May 18, 2010

    Wayne county is a diverse community, and Goldsboro High School for example serves the central attendance area. Now how is it that you have such a diverse community and there are no white children at Goldsboro High School. There should be at least a couple, or do you really want me to believe that this is not a result of some action that has been taken? Whether the action was purposeful or coincidental, it doesn't matter.

    If a parent is participating in these forums, shouldn't one assume that they are trying to be involved in their child's education? If they didn't care they would involve themselves at all. Why is it that people choose form ideas about people they do not even know?

    Goldsboro is a good place but there is a certain attitude that allows things to happen. I'm sorry but when you have a school that is marked as a failing school and you don't take real steps to correct it, I have to question your willingness to do something about it.

  • bikinibare May 18, 2010

    The city of Goldsboro is full of poverty ridden people. We can't even go to the post office to drop off company mail without some crack head or homeless person begging for something. The bulk of students that attend Goldsboro High School live in the city. It is what it is and not segregation by purpose!

  • scraitup May 18, 2010

    I feel the current leader of the NAACP here in north carolina has become an embarassment to the organization itself. Rev. Barber if you read this please step aside or stop these dumb tactics of yours

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