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NEA survey: Wake teachers oppose community-based schools

Posted October 15, 2010

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— A survey by the National Education Association found that a majority of Wake County teachers oppose ending a student assignment policy based, in part, on achieving socioeconomic diversity in schools.

Eighty-one percent of survey respondents disagreed or strongly disagreed with ending the diversity policy while agreeing that the policy has had a positive impact on students' academic achievement.

The survey was conducted by HCM Marketing Research on behalf of the NEA. Pollsters called 501 members of the NEA who teach in Wake County between Sept. 4 and Sept. 12. A margin of error for the survey was not given.

Nearly half of survey participants – 47 percent – identified the student assignment policy as the biggest problem facing Wake County schools, while 19 percent named funding cuts and 12 percent listed class size.

Five of the nine school board members favor ending the diversity policy in favor of creating community-based schools. Controversy over exactly how to do that has dogged the majority, leading to a vote last week to scrap a plan to create school assignment zones.

In the survey, 81 percent of participants had a negative view of the school board, and 72 percent agreed with the statement that Wake County schools are on the wrong track. Large majorities held positive views of the school system as a whole and their particular schools.

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  • Plenty Coups Oct 15, 2010

    "What do you call the NEA bro, and you can't tell me they have no influence in this state! The unions have destroyed the education system in the US."

    The NEA is a national organization. I do wish they had the power to give teachers collective bargaining power and the power to strike, but they don't. Neither does the very weak organization called NCAE. Sorry......bro.

  • Proud Black Constitutionalist Oct 15, 2010

    There is NO teacher's union in NC, and hasn't been one for a very long time. But thanks ever so much for playing!

    What do you call the NEA bro, and you can't tell me they have no influence in this state! The unions have destroyed the education system in the US.

  • Killian Oct 15, 2010

    WHEEL said: "Teachers are not going along with any policy that takes the "it feels good" out of their job performance and bases it on real results obtained."

    YES. Because, ya know, it is teachers who are solely responsible for kids' performance levels. It has absolutely nothing to do with parents who do not enforce doing homework, or demand that their child respect the teacher, or who expect their child to exhibit proper behavior in class so that learning can take place. Whether or not the child is assisted (or just supported if direct assistance isn't needed) at home with homework and studying, and whether or not the child DOES study? That rests solely on the teacher, too. And nutrition so the child can focus, learn, and behave? Teacher's problem!

    These lazy teacher who expect parents to do their job are just insane. They should just start raising your kids at birth and make it easier on parents!

  • Garnerwolf1 Oct 15, 2010

    Where did I say there was a political party to blame? I mentioned Dems as an example of my point, which was essentially that something may sound good, and even be good, but wishing doesn't make it so. There's much more to it than, for example, saying "neighborhood schools" (is the solution to all the problems). No argument but I think you need to re-read my posts.

  • Killian Oct 15, 2010

    Proud Black Conservative Brother expounded: "We're supposed to be surprised? Teachers are led around by their noses by the union."

    LOL! This was the best comment I've read all day. Thank you so much, PBCB, for showing the extent of your ignorant, as well as your talent for talking out of your back-side. Beautifully done.

    There is NO teacher's union in NC, and hasn't been one for a very long time. But thanks ever so much for playing!

  • Goalieman Oct 15, 2010

    Garnerwolf1 - Before I say anything, let me say I am not trying to start and argument. Just merely stating a very personal opinion based on just MY feelings.

    Here it is! I get a big kick of reading post of people stating democrats or republican issues. I am a registered democrat but I voted for McCain!! Truly, I am not a republican, a democrat, or a independent. When it all comes down to it, I vote for what the running people promise. Now, the issue with that statement is MOST, all 3 sides, talk a big game but you put them in and they forget what they said. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, that runs for office will tell you what you want to hear but none ever complete their promises.

    So, when people mention a political party is to blame, I say it is ALL parties because they all LIE to get elected then the side with the people that fund their campaign.

    Of course, as I stated, this is MY opinion!

  • WHEEL Oct 15, 2010

    Teachers are not going along with any policy that takes the "it feels good" out of their job performance and bases it on real results obtained.

  • Proud Black Constitutionalist Oct 15, 2010

    We're supposed to be surprised? Teachers are led around by their noses by the union.

  • timbo 2.0 Oct 15, 2010

    Who cares.

  • InNeedOfShower Oct 15, 2010

    actually, it's "couldn't" care less. or at least, that's what I teach my students.

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