Education

NAACP holds meeting over Wake schools diversity policy

Posted May 17, 2010
Updated May 18, 2010

— The North Carolina NAACP held a public meeting Monday evening to discuss the efforts by the Wake County Board of Education to move away from its diversity policy.

The meeting at the Martin Street Baptist Church, 1001 E. Martin St., Raleigh, came on the 56th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional.

The NAACP has been an outspoken critic of the Wake school board's idea for community-based schools, saying it is a "racially discriminatory policy" that will segregate poor students and keep them from receiving the same quality of education as more advantaged students. The group has threatened legal action against the school system.

During the March 23 meeting, the board voted 5-4 to move forward with developing a student assignment policy in which children would go to schools closer to their homes. The model means moving away from a decade-old policy of busing students so schools across the district are diverse.

Proponents of the community-based assignment model say that parents will have more choices and more involvement in their children's schooling, while opponents say the plan will create pockets of poverty and re-segregate the school system.

The debate has been emotional and drew large numbers of people for and against the idea at recent school board meetings.

The board voted May 4 on the actual policy and is expected to take a final vote at its Tuesday meeting. Several groups are urging people to attend the meeting in large numbers to demonstrate their opposition to the policy.

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  • Iworkforaliving May 20, 1:34 p.m.

    OK, half the families on my street are black, the other are white. When we go to neighborhood schools, every child on my street will go to the same school. That is not segregation. This new plan has ZERO to do with changing diversity. It's changing a backwards plan of busing children all over the county and wasting time, FUEL, bus drivers pay and wear and tear on the buses. This wasted money can be put to use fixing the problems in the schools some people are screaming about. Is this that hard to understand? Really? Are some of you people so bored and need something to get upset and protest about that you have to start screaming racism and resegregation.
    Get a life. If we are all equal, why does it matter if there is a majority of one race at one school? Racism, what joke, the past is the PAST. LET IT GO!

  • wildcat May 20, 11:46 a.m.

    I thought that huge NAACP guy keeled over from a heart attack?
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    Eventually he will, if he don't take care of his health. Right now he is alive.

  • wildcat May 19, 1:30 p.m.

    Nothing the NAACP can do now, the vote is in. The NAACP is just all talk. They need a new president and he certainly needs to lose weight.

  • readme May 19, 9:18 a.m.

    The great thing about Wake county is that you can find relatively inexpensive housing close to about any school, especially if you rent. So if you want to go to that "rich white school" ten miles away, move there.

  • clynns1014 May 18, 4:33 p.m.

    Does anyone else get soooo tired of seeing Barber? If you keep the kids in their schools based on where they live it will save the state some money on transportation. Everyone chooses the life they live and usually where you live reflects the life you chose. Your children will suffer or reap the rewards of your choices. Maybe we should look at this to see the "diversity" of good choices. We can also use this to educate and helps those change their lives/choices so that they can attend the "better" schools. I am making good choices so that my children can enjoy the best education possible with the most opportunities. It's a parents choice to make good decisions that will carry their children. jmo

  • Proud Wife and Mother May 18, 3:50 p.m.

    Proud Wife Mother: 2 & 4 are numbers. ~WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot~

    Thank you for your unsolicitated critique of my earlier post. Was just trying to meet the 1000 character limit all in one post. Hope you got to read and comprehend the actually message I am sending across however. With or without numbers for words.

  • Mugu May 18, 3:42 p.m.

    I thought that huge NAACP guy keeled over from a heart attack?

  • mgratk May 18, 3:37 p.m.

    Usually when a church gets involved in politics, the left is all over them complaining about separation of church and state and calling for them to pay taxes. I wonder, is the Martin Street Baptist Church is paying taxes?

  • wildcat May 18, 1:38 p.m.

    Here we go again, the NAACP thinks they can solve all. But they cannot. NAACP, what about those students that cannot read?

  • tsquaring May 18, 11:36 a.m.

    They want to keep it the way it is, because it's working so well?

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