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Federal investigators to visit Wake schools representatives

Posted March 9, 2011
Updated March 10, 2011

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— Federal investigators from the Office for Civil Rights are coming to Raleigh to follow up on a complaint filed by the state NAACP against the Wake County Public School System, spokesman Michael Evans said.

Meetings are scheduled next week with members of the school board's Student Assignment Committee and representatives of the U.S. Department of Education. Investigators will also speak with Superintendent Tony Tata and other staff members March 16 and 17.

They will return April 6 and 7 to meet with school board members, Evans said.  

The state NAACP has expressed concerns that changing Wake County's student assignment policy to a neighborhood schools model will concentrate poor students into schools in poor communities.

A Department of Education spokesman described the process as neutral fact-finding that in no way implies the OCR believes the complain has merit. OCR's investigative process generally includes on-site meetings, interviews and gathering data, said Jim Bradshaw of the Department of Education press office.

Tata has temporarily reassigned six members of his staff to devote themselves entirely to implementing the school system’s new student assignment policy.

He said in a statement Monday that the team would spend 100 percent of its time working on the plan and considering input from his recent listening tour, as well as the Wake School Choice proposal from the Wake Education Partnership and Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and other proposals.

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  • wildcat Mar 10, 2011

    If diversity didnt work--

    Diversity is working if certain people would just leave it alone. Diversity is really not going to change to suite a few people. DIVERSITY IS HERE TO STAY FOREVER. DEAL WITH IT.

  • wildcat Mar 10, 2011

    but school is for education.
    Not_So_Dumb

    Why does people have to play the race card on everything? If the student want to learn all they can they will. If the student DO NOT want to learn, well they won't. Going to school is all about learning and is not about whether you are black, white, Hispanic or whatever culture you may be. Sometimes I really believe that ignorance is really bliss.

  • superman Mar 10, 2011

    If diversity didnt work-- just what in the current plan that is underway be any better? If they want parents to be more involved in school--students should be assigned close to where one of the parents is workinig. Do you really think that having your child go to school next door to where you live will improve their achivement?

  • Not_So_Dumb Mar 9, 2011

    "I highly support the today's schools. No one is complaining except the parents. No students has had one complaint. Check it out."-wildcat

    Actually, the N&O ran a letter from a student at Enloe who said they entire diversity system was farce. That Enloe is two schools under one roof, not some utopia like people want to believe.

    I don't care who is in the schools. The achievement gap at WCPSS has gotten wider over the past ten years. The diversity program is a failure. If I were forced to choose (which thankfully I am not) I'd rather see high achievement and no diversity than the old system of low achievement and (supposed) diversity.

    Just to be clear, the two can coexist, but school is for education.

  • wildcat Mar 9, 2011

    "You white people geosol

    No called for. Be nice.

  • wildcat Mar 9, 2011

    There is diversity on jobs today. Your children will grow up and have these jobs one day and they will not be concernced about races issues as to having that job. Parents step back for a moment and see the real picture. Listen to your children for a change. It will not kill you. Just think how the schools will be when you are 70 and in your 80's.

  • wildcat Mar 9, 2011

    I have yet to read ANYONE say they supported schools all of one color or race.

    I highly support the today's schools. No one is complaining except the parents. No students has had one complaint. Check it out.

  • RM24 Mar 9, 2011

    There are a lot of good people who support diversity and all of the positive aspects.

    I have yet to read ANYONE say they supported schools all of one color or race. Please find where the "right winger" you spoke of said that he supports schools divided of only certain race/color. Or is that your way of putting words in someones mouth to make them look bad. Remember just because someone disagrees with someone of a different color does not mean they are racist or extremist.

  • wildcat Mar 9, 2011

    There are a lot of good people who support diversity

    Very good comment. DIVERSITY IS NEVER GOING TO GO AWAY, EVEN THOUGH SOME WISH IT WAS. MEANWHILE THE CHILDREN IS PRAYING FOR THE DAY THEY WILL BE 18 AND CAN LEAVE HOME. THEN THEY WILL HAVE PEACE IN CHOOSING FRIENDS OF THE OPPOSITE RACE WHETHER THEIR PARENTS IS ACCEPTABLE TO THAT OR NOT.

  • wildcat Mar 9, 2011

    NAACP should stay out of Wake County School business.

    I agree. They should be concerned with why students are graduating with a certificate instead of a diploma. Why so many girls are continuing to have babies out of wed-lock? Why so many black young men continue wind up in prison, some for life? These are some of the things they should be concerned with to help the community with.

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