Wake County Schools

Accreditation group meets with Wake school board

Posted February 17, 2011

Wake County Public School System

— A team from the national accreditation group AdvancED began its long-anticipated visit with the Wake County Board of Education Thursday, meeting with several board members and community groups.

The panel is in town for two days as a result of concerns about how the school board operates and makes decisions. It is not looking at any specific policy changes.

It was controversial policy changes and concerns about how they were made – including how students are assigned to schools – that prompted the state NAACP and some community groups last March to file complaints with AdvancED.

The visit was supposed to occur late last year but was delayed because of concerns from school board members about its scope and fairness and questions about whether board members should cooperate.

Parents are also worried how a loss of accreditation could affect their children’s chances of getting into colleges and universities.

Board member John Tedesco said Thursday that he doesn’t believe the district’s accreditation is in jeopardy.

What could come out of the review, he said, would likely be ideas and suggestions on how the board can better work together to reach decisions and better involve the public.

Community groups who support and oppose the board’s student assignment policy welcomed the review and were among those to be interviewed.

Parents, students and principals will also be part of the AdvancED review.

“We have a great school system. It can be better,” said Yevonne Brannon, chairwoman of Great Schools in Wake Coalition, which met with the review team Thursday. “This board majority can do better, and I hope they will get some great tips on how to do that.”

Some believe the board’s new student assignment policy, which places an emphasis on proximity, will segregate the school system and keep economically disadvantaged students from getting the same quality of education as their counterparts.

Others say it will improve student achievement, allow parents to be more involved in their children’s education and give parents more choice.


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  • JoeFreedom Feb 18, 2011


    If this is what accreditation is about (being used as a strong arm tactic by ideologues) then maybe we *should* change the system. I would like to see the colleges of this state get by without high school grads from Wake county. Wouldn't be pretty.

    As for the grammar, those were people who *were* educated under the accredited system, so that may tell you something.

  • I Change This Name Daily Feb 18, 2011

    we dont need there accreditation - mep

    yeah, why should wake county schools need accreditation

    after all, it appears it's residents know the proper use of there, their, and they're

    now too, to, and two may be a bit harder

    let's not even try you and ewe

  • MakoII Feb 18, 2011


    The NAACP exists to keep the NAACP alive as a first priority. So any issue that brings in money is exploited.

    They do not exist to serve even African Americans anymore.

    It used to be an organization of dedicated hard workers and highly learned lawyers. Now it's been coopted by hacks that care less about the charter that caused their existence and more about business survival.

    If they took on issues for African Americans in areas of increased initiative, increased economic diversity and independence, bonding families and bonding communities to pool resources to help kids do their homework and excel in school, they'd be a shining model or civil charity.

    Other groups have done this, Italians, Jews, Irish etc in America did this to great success.

    But groups like the NAACP now just leech their community for survival and give little benefit in return. They help criminals more than school children. Sad.

  • MakoII Feb 18, 2011

    ... we dont need there accreditation.
    Click to view my profile

    Wrong. Do you know WHY people move here? Partly on account of jobs. But MOSTLY on account of education. We have great colleges, and a fairly good high school system.

    Wake, Orange and up and coming Johnston schools are above the United States average, and some of our schools are in the top 100 in the country.

    College recruiters KNOW the good high schools. KNOW programs. Accreditation gives some assurance of standards that local colleges have come to rely on.

    Take that away, and they have less to go on.

    Take that away, and the RTP area looks less like a place you'd want to emigrate to.

    It's all integrated and very important.

    Besides, I'm always very amused by people, such as yourself, who lack higher education, but seem determined to undermine it for others.

    Have you ever volunteered to work in a school? I urge you to do so and learn first hand instead of watching FOX.

  • mep Feb 18, 2011

    MakoII I have the right to lazy dissension.... we dont need there accreditation.

  • babedan Feb 18, 2011

    If AdvanceED is accrediting school districts in other areas that do not have the same type of diversity program as Wake County does, then one can assume they were bought by the NAACP. If they are accrediting school districts in this state and othe states that assign students to their local schools instead of bussing them around town then they are showing prejudice in their decision and should be held accountable. My question is why does Barber or anyone else want to see kids having to get up at 5:00 in the morning to catch a bus for a 2 hour ride instead of being able to get up at 6:30 to catch a bus for a 30 minute ride? Someone is losing money on the bus contract and this is what the press should be hounding Barber and the rest about.

  • MakoII Feb 18, 2011

    Mike H,

    This board started off stupidly. But they have had a setback, regrouped, and reformulated what they are doing.

    Their new proposal is awesome.

    What people who think the old board and old way of doing things in Wake county need to answer to me is this:

    Why are Magnate Schools in Wake County blatantly segregated in their classrooms and after-school programs?

    The new board gives local people a change to go to a top school in terms of electives and advanced courses, up from 38% base to 50% base, plus add CHOICE to the pot.

    When Liberals and Moderates can be up front about their racist (socio-economic) and segregationist (magnate school classrooms) policies, then I'll listen seriously to their opposition to the new board.

    Give the new board a chance to right the wrongs of the former boards "good will" turned sour in practice.

  • MakoII Feb 18, 2011


    I think you might be confused because it never occurred to you to READ their website? AdvanceED states what is involved in their accreditation and has been around as long as Public Education has been around in this area.

    Regardless of where you fall on this issue (I call bee-ess on the NAACP's shameless parading when the board's latest proposal is not only MORE inclusive and less segregated than the old policy, but gives much more freedom of choice)

    But if you're going to have dissension, it should be informed dissension, and not lazy dissension.


  • Bill of Rights Feb 18, 2011

    mep: AdvancED is investigating complaints that were made. The accreditation is theirs to award and revoke, and it's entirely within their purvey to do that. If you don't agree with it, that's fine. Nobody is forcing the board to be accredited, but apparently they value it enough to meet with AdvancED. Proof that there's at least a few firing brain cells in the board ...

  • mep Feb 18, 2011

    It was controversial policy changes and concerns about how they were made – including how students are assigned to schools – that prompted the state NAACP and some community groups last March to file complaints with AdvancED.... what right does AdvanceED have to tell WCPSS how to run its schools? Accreditation is about performance, not about school assignment or if the NAACP feels miffed by the boards decisions.