Durham clergy criticize Wake school assignment policy

Posted July 2, 2010

— Members of the clergy in Durham gathered Friday to speak out against recent decisions involving Wake County schools.

The group said the Wake County Board of Education is heading in the wrong direction by changing its student assignment policy.

The board recently scrapped its long-standing policy to assign students so schools didn't have more than 40 percent of their enrollment receiving free or reduced-price lunches. Instead of using socio-economic diversity to determine school assignments, the board is crafting a plan to keep students in schools closer to where they live.

Forty-six clergy members from Durham and three from Chapel Hill signed a statement condemning the shift. Members of the group said it was important to take a stand against what they view as injustice.

"We are not limited by geographical boundaries, and as people of faith, we think that there's enough evidence that shows that the policy directions of the Wake County school board are heading in the wrong direction," said the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, of Covenant Presbyterian Church.

The group members also noted that members of their congregations are from Wake County.

Some said they plan to join a rally planned for July 20 in Wake County to protest the school board's moves.


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  • teacher56 Jul 2, 2010 is not stereotyping, but equalizing so as to meet so many needs that are presented in public schools of today!

  • decanta Jul 2, 2010

    I believe we are going beyond objective reporting at this point.

  • FAN72 Jul 2, 2010

    The clergy of Durham need to concern themselves with the shortfalls of the Durham School System and keep their noses out of Wake Counnty business.

  • Flippergeesed Jul 2, 2010


    Do you actually understand what a violation of civil rights is or do you think that because you are for something, that makes your viewpoint right and other viewpoints wrong?

  • ckreug Jul 2, 2010

    These people of faith spoke up in support of the clergy in Wake County who are working to stop the schools from being re-segregated and in support of children's right to an equal education. Wake County's borders don't exempt it from having to protect all its citizens civil rights, and it is no many how many people voted for the school board members, they do not have the right to deny an equal education to children. As Dr. King said, injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere. It would have been easy for these clergy not to take a stand on behalf of the most vulnerable kids, especially in the face this kind of vitrol from a few. But it is a blessing to all counties in NC they and their counterparts in Wake County and throughout NC are standing for civil rights and justice -- as clergy and churches at their best have done throughout US history on issues such as slavery and civil rights and other areas of social justice.

  • NoFreakinWay Jul 2, 2010

    who cares what the Durham clergy say. They need to worry about their dismal system and we'll take care of ours. By voting out the Mayor's wife and that ineffective Morrison woman. Then we'll create a lock on that majority for life!

  • oheezo Jul 2, 2010

    teacher56- way to stereotype!

  • Adelinthe Jul 2, 2010

    First of all, what's Durham got to do with it.

    Secondly, the other way didn't work, just give this way a try for a few years before denouncing it or worrying about it.

    God bless.


  • dorisnjo Jul 2, 2010

    There goes Durham again sticking their noses in someone elses affairs. Clean up Durham first. there is plenty to do there

  • gammasandi Jul 2, 2010

    these church leaders need to stay in their own county!