Wake County Schools

State NAACP renews complaints about Wake student assignment plan

Posted June 15, 2012

Wake County Public School System

— The state NAACP is calling on the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights to "reinvigorate" its investigation into the Wake County Board of Education, saying the school system's new student assignment plan "has been an abject failure" when it comes to keeping schools economically diverse.

The group on Friday submitted a supplement to a civil rights complaint that it filed in September 2010, saying the district's assignment policy violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The student assignment plan, often referred to as a "controlled-choice" plan, allows parents to rank among a list of schools where they would prefer their children to attend. The school system, however, ultimately decides placement based on the feedback.

The NAACP cites a report by Raleigh Public Record that shows Wake County schools with the most students of color will see a 4.65 percent increase in the number of students receiving free and reduced-priced lunches when new plan kicks in with the 2012-13 school year.

In contrast, the NAACP says, schools in predominantly white areas of the county will incorporate fewer poor students.

"In short, our worst projections will be realized this fall. Our children – black, brown and poor – will be funneled into schools that are already black, brown and poor," state NAACP President Rev. William Barber said in a letter to the education department.

The NAACP has been one of the most vocal critics of the board policy change in 2009 to stop busing students for socio-economic diversity.

For a decade, the school system shifted students to schools across the county so that no school had more than 40 percent of its population receiving free or reduced-price lunch.

The school board voted to change the practice, saying it wasn't working.

But opponents of the new plan said it would lead to segregation, high teacher turnover and a lower quality of education for low-income students.

The Office for Civil Rights has been looking into the NAACP complaint but has yet to make public any findings.


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  • RAA0013 Jun 19, 2012

    When Rev. Barber decides to move to Wake County and has a child in the Wake School system - then his opinion is relevant. Until then - I wish the school board and media would stop paying him any attention.

  • storchheim Jun 18, 2012

    The real news story would be if they STOPPED complaining.

  • US Born Jun 18, 2012

    Rev. Barber making sure Racism is still alive and not forgotten....he's the one that just can't get past "Racism"...The world would be a much better place and people may actually get along if people like Barber and his group would just GO AWAY.

  • ConservativeVoter Jun 18, 2012

    Now that we have an African American President, it's time to end affirmative action.

  • ConservativeVoter Jun 18, 2012

    The NAACP is a racist organization that supposedly believes in equality for all.

    It's just that the NAACP believes some races should be treated more equal than other races.

  • ConservativeVoter Jun 18, 2012

    Until Reverend Barber fixes the very poor performing schools in his home town of Goldsboro, he shouldn't be in Raleigh trying to cause trouble.

    The Goldsboro city schools have a large African American population while the Wayne County schools have few African Americans and do much better than the Goldsboro City Schools.

  • kermit60 Jun 18, 2012

    The NAACP keeps demanding they (people of color) be treated as everyone else but once again they seperate themselves and demand special consideration. If they don't like the schools in there neighborhood then as parents they should work together to make it better. Not insist there kids be sent to a school where parents have already done the work for them. Isn't it about time they stopped blameing half of the community for their problems and the other half for not fixing it for them.

  • Sherlock Jun 18, 2012

    This group only knows one thing how to promote racisim, it does nothing to correct the problems but cause them.

  • josephlawrence43 Jun 18, 2012

    Well,once again Rev. Barber and his flock are standing and hollering "racism"--as they are wont to do when they cannot buffalo others into accepting their demands. And they wonder why racism won't go away. They are the only ones keeping it alive..

  • not pc Jun 18, 2012