Wake County Schools

Goldman holds forum on Wake schools

Posted October 12, 2010

— With uniformed officers at every exit, Wake County school board member Debra Goldman held a forum on the divisive issue of student assignment at Cary Town Hall on Tuesday night.

The meeting was orderly and quick, absent the heated emotions that have become staples at recent full board meetings on the topic.

Some attendees thanked Goldman for breaking with the board majority last week and voting to pull the plug on a plan to put a community-based assignment policy into effect by creating a series of school assignment zones. The plan would have dropped socio-economic diversity as a criterion for student assignment.

“I just want to thank you very much for standing up in a very difficult situation and doing what you did,” attendee Mary Ann Meagher said.

Others at the meeting voted for Goldman last election and expressed feeling of betrayal by her recent departure from the board’s majority.

“Your double talk and empty promises serve no one but yourself,” parent Allison Backhouse said. “I think I speak for many when I ask, ‘What’s next?’”

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Goldman said she still supports a neighborhood school model for Wake County, but said she changed her mind because too many people were being left out of the decision making process.

Goldman stressed to those in the crowd that whether they agree or disagree with her decisions, she valued their thoughts.

“It’s really important to hear the opinions and get the feedback from as many people as possible,” she said.


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  • Shamrock Oct 14, 2010

    Prom Queen, that busing law will not change in your lifetime. Come back to reality.

  • soyousay Oct 13, 2010

    mee (Time 4REal) and the other endless names....Tell me what the law reads once it is changed.

    same stuff different day..

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Oct 13, 2010

    "State law requires schools to provide transportation" Tell me what the law reads once it is changed.

    The system can let go 10-15% of teachers, or increase all class sizes by 25-35%, cut out school lunches completely, not provide another supply to any child or all of the above.

    Or, it can make you responsible for getting your own children to and from. Many people aren't going to like any of the options, but this is our reality.

    Which do you choose?

    And of course, this will be in addition to the large tax hikes coming because the state's leader has no idea what else to do.

  • soyousay Oct 13, 2010

    mee..This is definitely on the minds of several who have the power

    again with the power fantasy.
    Before the election you were wheezing the same thing...guess it didn't happen for your parents then either

  • mpheels Oct 13, 2010

    Prom Queen, do a little research. State law requires schools to provide transportation for any student that lives more than a mile from the school or would have to walk through a hazardous area to get to school (i.e. crossing more than 2 lanes, rail road tracks, or lack of sidewalks). Busing isn't going anywhere. There is no way the county can build schools that are walkable for every house in the county, and they cannot require parents to provide transportation without major changes in state law.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Oct 13, 2010

    "If you really don't like the busing-- use your brand new SUV and take them to school."

    I firmly believe this is going to be mandated in the next 2-3 years. Unless your child is special needs, or there are other issues, there should be no more busing period.

    You say no,no,no say what? It's your kids, you take them and pick them up. This is definitely on the minds of several who have the power to move it in this direction. Big cuts and huge sacrifices are going to be made next year and either you can help out or you will get a transportation mandate and/or a bill for transportation.

    It might be your choice or, it might not be.

  • pclong2214 Oct 13, 2010

    middle school student living in garner picked up at 6:45 am taken to dillard drive middle school in cary. what time does school start?

  • superman Oct 13, 2010

    Lets do some math on the time students are on the bus. The bus has a route. Picking up 25 students, 2 minutes at each stop. That is 50 minutes that the bus is idle and is not moving. If your child is the first one on the bus or the last one on the bus will make a difference in the length of time of the ride. Wish more parents had made it past the 5th grade. If you really dont like the busing-- use your brand new SUV and take them to school.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 13, 2010

    The old policy was busing students based on race. It had nothing to do with anything but skin color and trying to cover up just how bad the school system is performing. So yes let us all celebrate the old racist policies that were held forth by the old school board and now apparently this clown Goldman.

  • soyousay Oct 13, 2010

    Me..hello again, school out, playing hooky? your breathless prose gives you away