Opponents to protest Wake schools assignment policy

Posted June 21, 2010

— The state NAACP will host a community gathering Monday night to build support against the Wake County Board of Education's decision to change the student assignment policy.

The gathering will be held at 7 p.m. at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh.

The group is protesting the school board’s decision earlier this year to move away from a system where students are bused to help balance socio-economic diversity across the school system in favor of assigning students closer to home.

NAACP state chapter President Rev. William Barber and three others were arrested Tuesday evening and charged with second-degree trespassing after they interrupted the school board's meeting, locked arms and sang songs.

The "non-violent conscientious objection," as Barber called it, disrupted the meeting for about an hour.

Board member John Tedesco has defended the board's decision to re-shape the system and move toward community-based schools and said the NAACP's efforts aren't necessary.

The five board members who voted to end the busing policy argued there are better ways to achieve diversity in schools. They favor keeping Wake's nearly 140,000 students as close to home as possible.

The NAACP fears ending the longstanding busing policy will re-segregate schools and result in a high concentration of poverty, low-performing schools and high teacher turnover.


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  • Geez Louise Jun 29, 2010

    If the proponents want "socio-economic diversity", then sell your house and MOVE to low-income neighborhoods. Shame on you for placing this type of responsibility on your children and other taxpayers.

  • BigfootBeliever Jun 24, 2010

    Rev William Barber is a racist. Pure and simple. If you want to help the NAACP and the black community, lock him up and throw away the key.

  • iworkandpaytaxes Jun 22, 2010

    Shame on you Wral for reporting this story, you just keep adding fuel to the fire.

    Translation = "I hate freedom of speech and press"

  • Mugu Jun 21, 2010

    Since our thoughts are being censored by Golo moderators, I would like to wish you a good day.

  • Tawny Jun 21, 2010

    Wakeresident: Just about every neighborhood has one or two residents of color! You can probably count the children of color (black, indian, asian, and other combinations) living in your neighborhood on one hand !!

  • awr117 Jun 21, 2010

    Move if you aren't happy with the area you live in. It really is pretty simple...

  • wakeresident Jun 21, 2010

    My neighborhood doesn't appear very segregated. I see kids that are white, black, indian, asian, and some combinations that I haven't really seen before, too.

  • veyor Jun 21, 2010

    If you don't want to go to school with yourself, why would anybody else want to go to school with you? The NAACP needs to be working to lift the standards in the neighborhoods.

  • ccs1920 Jun 21, 2010

    guyguidry/ They could but it won't happen. It wouldn't be PC and that's more important than enforcing the law. The same with many of our emigration laws.

  • ncguy Jun 21, 2010