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Wake school board to meet with AdvanceED

Posted February 16, 2011
Updated February 17, 2011

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— After months of tense negotiations, a national accreditation group will meet with the Wake County Board of Education on Thursday.

Atlanta-based AdvancED, the parent company of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement, plans to review the Wake County school system after a complaint filed last year by the North Carolina NAACP alleging that some board members want to segregate the school system.

The school board’s attorneys have sent e-mails and a letter, questioning the scope of the review and insisting that attorneys be able to act in the interest of board members, partly because of a legal challenge that the NAACP also filed with the U.S. Office of Civil Rights.

AdvancED has denied the requests.

School board members said they are cooperating with an investigation.

“We welcome you to Wake County, look forward with pride to be fully invested participants in your investigation,” board member John Tedesco said.

A spokesman for AdvanceED said the group is not looking at what decisions were made, but how they were made. The group's review team will include six people, who have served in various capacities including school and district leadership positions, as superintendents and on boards of education.

Every Wake school board member will interview with the group. The first interview will take place with Chairman Ron Margiotta on Thursday morning. Board member Deborah Prickett, who is one of two members who voted against the terms of the investigation, will be among the last interviewed on Friday afternoon.

Wake County Public School System Wake school board to meet with AdvanceED

The investigation stems from the NAACP complaint filed last March after the board voted to move away from a longstanding policy of busing students to achieve socio-economic diversity for neighborhood schools.

Opponents believe the move will segregate students, lead to high teacher turnovers and keep economically disadvantaged students from getting the same quality of education as their counterparts.

Supporters of the plan disagree, saying it will improve student achievement, allow parents to be more involved in their children’s education and give parents more choice.

The ongoing debate has put the national spotlight on the school system, prompting national media outlets to report on the controversy.

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  • rand321 Feb 17, 2011

    when we have one of the fastest population growth rates in the country and exploding student populations, how can we possibly have stable schools. we do not have stable neighborhoods and areas. new sudivisions, people coming and going....this is a sign of a robust economic area.

    given then number of new schools and changing neighborhood demographics, community based schools will remain a dream and frequent reassignements the norm. Hence why there needs to be a long term strategic plan to try to cope with the growth, impact on students and parents and impact on the taxpayer.

    Wake County is not a small town with only one school for each grade level from kindergarten to high school.

  • Justin T. Feb 17, 2011

    lol, rocker96.

  • Alex25 Feb 17, 2011

    NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS......JUST AS WE VOTED FOR!!!

  • I Change This Name Daily Feb 17, 2011

    if you want you kids to GO to a LOcal school, SUpport CKS

  • I Change This Name Daily Feb 17, 2011

    i blame obamacare

  • YNCSW51 Feb 17, 2011

    I am so tired of the NAACP making everything a racial issue! If the NAACP would like to give Wake County the millions of dollars spent in gas to haul these kids across the county that's one thing, or better yet, why not take the money saved from neighborhood schooling and put it towards the education @ lower income schools.
    anwest2

    There are a lot of fallacy in your statements and surely you do not think Wake county spends millions of dollars hauling our kids to different schools. Please show me your stats.

  • nikki121285 Feb 17, 2011

    I am so tired of the NAACP making everything a racial issue! If the NAACP would like to give Wake County the millions of dollars spent in gas to haul these kids across the county that's one thing, or better yet, why not take the money saved from neighborhood schooling and put it towards the education @ lower income schools.

  • YNCSW51 Feb 17, 2011

    Sadly... the board has to go through an interview about how they think... as opposed to what they think?

    The NAACP has caused themselves a lot more than they have gained

    Interesting comment care to explain.

  • artist Feb 17, 2011

    "Let the blackmale begin"

    "what do you mean by this statement please explain yourself."

    Said just like a member of AdvED.... and the NAACP.

  • artist Feb 17, 2011

    Sadly... the board has to go through an interview about how they think... as opposed to what they think?

    The NAACP has caused themselves a lot more than they have gained.

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