Wake County Schools

Wake parents voice concern over minority, low-income student needs

Posted April 9, 2012

Keith Sutton

— Wake County school board Vice Chair Keith Sutton met with concerned parents Monday over how student assignment is affecting students from minority and low-income families.

The meeting, which is sponsored by the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children, focused particularly on Walnut Creek Elementary in southeast Raleigh, where 95 percent of students are black or Hispanic.

"That is not diversity," one parent said. "We are, whether people want to admit it or not, we are going back to segregation."

Students whose families can't to give them the support or extra help they need to succeed in the classroom will suffer more at schools with a high concentration of low-income and minority students, the parents allege.

concerned parent Parents question minority treatment in Wake schools

Sutton, the only black school board member, said he is open to the community's concerns.

"Voters hold you accountable; it comes with the territory," he said. "We are up to the challenge."

Capacity is also a major issue at Walnut Creek, but despite a few hurdles, Principal Corey Moore said, "the boys and girls at Walnut Creek Elementary are receiving a great education."

Wake County school district leaders have added resources to Walnut Creek and increased the length of the school day to address some of those concerns. 


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  • com_mon_sents Apr 10, 2012

    Here's your answer righ there everyone...this quote says it all...finally they are admitting to the problem. My question is what are THEY going to do about it?!?! How are THEY going to support THEIR OWN CHILD?!?! This is NOT something schools/teachers can accomplish ALONE!!!
    "Students whose families can't to give them the support or extra help they need to succeed in the classroom will suffer more at schools with a high concentration of low-income and minority students, the parents allege." although they need to edit the article a little closer
    ****If you do your job as a parent, then your child will succeed in the classroom...NO MATTER where they attend school!!

  • jewel08 Apr 10, 2012

    where are the parents of these minority, low income students when they are needed for support of their schools...no only come out to complain and expect others to take care of them.....always our problem....NOT theirs...

  • jewel08 Apr 10, 2012

    Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children--really??? If there was Coalition of Concerned Citizens for Caucasion Children there would be an uproar that would never be over..........

  • jewel08 Apr 10, 2012

    From the perspective of someone that was in the school system, too many times parents shrugged off their responsiblities onto the teachers. There was no support, no disipline...absolutely no holding their children responsible for their actions. Then, there were the parents that always took the time to support their children, the teachers and the schools. Their children were the most successful.

  • ewcheercoach Apr 10, 2012

    Truth Hurts- You need to read Ron Clark's books. He too works with underprivilged kids and prepares them/motivates them so that they are 100% successful. But in his books he talks about how he had to get the parents on his side and involved in the students education before he could really be as successful a teacher as he is.

    I don't disagree with you that as a teacher, I can play a huge role in making my students successful. But I do believe that I can't do it alone. I have to have the parent and the student working with me to really give them the best education posible.

  • Lamborghini Mercy Apr 10, 2012

    candyappleelixir - These communities need to promote education, promote family planning and promote autonomy.

    A low-income area often struggles with all of the aforementioned. A broken community cannot fix itself, so it requires outside assistance. I agree no one should bring kids into the world unless they can take care of them, but until something changes (law wise) they have that right to be sorry parents and it affects everyone.

  • NCAries Apr 10, 2012

    If people want to chose a side, chose the side of America. Then these people will have my support and the support of many other Americans.

    Choose America...is that the same America that has historically and systematically (in terms of education, religion, social events, business and finance, jobs/money) legislated and made rules to keep blacks in particular out and down? That America? I don't know.

  • candyappleelixir Apr 10, 2012

    TruthHurt: There have been times when I have had to choose to between my wants and my needs. As for today, life is good.

    Parents have the greatest impact, not teachers. A teacher may have a only child 8-9 months and that's it. But parents are there everyday. By far, parents are the greatest influence. Teachers can only do so much and parents today have unrealistic expectations of the school system and are too dependent. It's time to cut back and encourage people to stand on their own two feet. Stop bringing kids into the world if they can't take care of them. These communities need to promote education, promote family planning and promote autonomy.

  • NCAries Apr 10, 2012

    Simple as that no matter what color you are if you can not afford a child keep your legs together.

    Tell it to the anchor parents with the anchor babies. Licentiousness has been around since biblical times and single and unwed mothers have been here since then too it's just heard of and accepted more now than it was then and it's just one more tool used by some to criticize others.

  • Lamborghini Mercy Apr 10, 2012

    candyappleelixir - I don't spend money getting my hair done because I have to put food on the table. I don't get my nails done because I have to pay for health insurance.

    I could've sworn you said you was living "very comfortable".. At any rate it appears -for the most part- you have your priorities in check and you certainly care for your kids. I applaud you and I know parents play a big factor in a childs life and some parents are simply down right NO GOOD. But then I see educators like Steve Perry who take low-income, struggling students and prepare these kids so that 100% of his students go off to college to do great things. To me it proves that teachers can have just as big of a impact as parents in a childs life.