Wake County Schools

Wake superintendent meets with NAACP

Posted March 2, 2011
Updated March 3, 2011

— The Wake County Public School System’s new superintendent met with the state NAACP on Wednesday afternoon to talk about diversity and the school board’s controversial move away from the district's longstanding practice of busing students.

The meeting was part of Superintendent Tony Tata's countywide tour to get acquainted with his new school district and its current issues and challenges.

The civil rights group requested the meeting because of its concerns about high-quality and constitutional educational opportunities for all students enrolled in the Wake County schools.

Tata said the meeting with state NAACP President Rev. William Barber and others went well. 

“It's important to understand exactly where the reverend and the NAACP and the African-American community stand on many different issues, and the important thing is we are very, very close on just about everything that we talked about,” Tata said.

state NAACP President Rev. William Barber Tata meets with the state NAACP

“We only challenged them, we said, not just to move around and just listen to people, but listen to the law, listen to research and listen to the lessons of history,” Barber said after the meeting.

Barber said he worries that changing the student assignment policy to a neighborhood schools model will concentrate poor students into schools in poor communities. 

"We know that radically identifiable, high-poverty schools are the enemy of student achievement," Barber said. 

Tata has taken the lead in developing a long-term plan for student assignment. He said he will focus on student achievement. 

"A student assignment plan that does that will result in diversity," Tata said. 

Tata says his task force to create a new assignment policy will be in full swing starting Friday.

Barber said that he will be watching the school board's progress on the matter and that the NAACP will act when it needs to. 

"You should not try to create unhealthy schools and try to fix them on the back-end, " Barber said. 

Some members of the NAACP team who attended the meeting were banned last year from the school board administration building after they were arrested there during protests over student assignment. Exceptions were made for them to attend Wednesday’s meeting.

Also on Wednesday, Tata met with parents and students at Martin Street Baptist Church during a forum sponsored by the student group NC Heat (Heroes Emerging Among Teens) and the Parent Advocacy Work Group.

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  • jerriew Mar 9, 1:32 p.m.

    2 words---SCHOOL VOUCHERS

  • jljwcj Mar 9, 9:00 a.m.

    This entire deal makes me sick to my stomach. Why are we punishing the parents and kids who are doing what they were raised and taught to do? Work hard, raise your kids the best you can and reap the rewards from it.

    What makes a school "bad"? It's the kids who have been raised in an environment where no emphasis has been put on education. Why does this have to affect me and my kids? The NAACP is NOT looking at this problem the right way. They are trying to patch or hide the problem. I definitely do not want my kids going to school with kids who do not want to be there.

    If the NAACP is blaming this problem on the faculty, why not relocate them instead of busing the students? Doing this will let the kids sleep longer and have shorter bus rides. Try this for a few years and see what the results are.

    You can call me a racist if you want I don't care, but the problem is not the non-minority people, faculty, or location of the schools or the funding. It is the parents of the kids who a

  • katzpauz Mar 9, 8:43 a.m.

    I think he needs to meet with the people that voted to end race-based student assignment.....to discuss how he is going to move away from that failed social engineering scheme.

  • bringiton Mar 3, 7:30 p.m.

    i get so tired of this Rev. William Barber he tries to make an mountain out of a mole hill he just runs that mouth trying to get something started.....GIVE IT A REST PLEASE

  • wakemom Mar 3, 4:23 p.m.

    he comments on GOLO show just how far we have come as a society with racial issues, which is not very far at all. This entire story has nothing to do with racism OR handouts. It has to do with adequate education, equal access, and equal funding.

    I disagree. I feel these comments are a direct reflection of how disgusted people are with Mr. Barber.

    Exactly, there is not a more racist man in this state then barber himself!!!!!!!

    bowhunterjunkie

    but the problem to me is everytime there is a story whether related or not to barber, people up here bring him up. again this shows we still have a long way to go.

  • bowhunterjunkie Mar 3, 3:45 p.m.

    he comments on GOLO show just how far we have come as a society with racial issues, which is not very far at all. This entire story has nothing to do with racism OR handouts. It has to do with adequate education, equal access, and equal funding.

    I disagree. I feel these comments are a direct reflection of how disgusted people are with Mr. Barber.

    Exactly, there is not a more racist man in this state then barber himself!!!!!!!

  • WGH13 Mar 3, 2:32 p.m.

    jrfergerson--good answer

    it starts at home with a stable family. they need to look at their standards at home. Evidently we still have to set the example and give them direction, because they still got a long way to go intelligence wise. I went to lunch today and had to drive though a low income neighborhood. you should have seen the ones just standing around doing nothing. You could tell they had no JOB because of the way they were dress no one would hire them, not talking about DREADS. Why don't so called rev babour ride and look for himself and preach and reach out to his people on the street.

  • jrfergerson Mar 3, 2:02 p.m.

    Until parents start involving themselves in the life of their kids at a very early age in these children’s lives to show them things in life is not free, and you need to be the one to stand up and accept responsibility for your actions things will not change. Until this is done, things will not get better in the schools or neighborhoods. Teachers are in the classrooms to teach our children- not rear our children when we as a parent fail to do the job. And if a parent promotes a child’s at a young age to be interested in learning, their interest will follow them throughout their life.

  • Life-goes-on. Mar 3, 1:43 p.m.

    wildcat, I think what Proud Black Conservative was trying to say, maybe should have written slower, is that if your words don't clearly communicate a thought then you're simply wasting your time and ours.

  • wildcat Mar 3, 1:23 p.m.

    Please proofread your comments. you make no sense at all.

    Proud Black Conservative

    JUST LEARN AND DON'T BE SO JEALOUS OF WHAT I COMMENT ON. ERROR DON'T COUNT HERE.

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