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NC NAACP applauds 'scathing' report of Wake schools

Posted March 17, 2011

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— The head of the state NAACP said Thursday that he hopes the Wake County Board of Education will take seriously a "scathing report" by a national accreditation group.

Atlanta-based AdvancED released the report Wednesday, saying actions by the board majority have created a "climate of uncertainty, suspicion and mistrust throughout the community." It outlined seven required actions before Nov. 30 to ensure continued accreditation of the district's 24 high schools.

"All voters, parents, teachers, students and anyone interested in improving Wake County schools should study this thorough, thoughtful and professional report," NAACP President Rev. William Barber said.

"It is a sad confirmation of our position, but what is sadder is the majority of the board continuing to fight against policies designed to provide every child a high-quality, constitutional, well-funded, diverse public education," he continued.

The civil rights group filed a complaint with AdvancED last year after the board adopted a new policy that focuses partly on assigning students to schools based on where they live rather than on socio-economic diversity.

Critics say the policy, which takes effect in 2012-2013, will deny economically disadvantaged students their right to an equal education.

Wake County schools Superintendent Tony Tata said Wednesday that he welcomed the results of the AdvancED review and that he intends to "aggressively implement" the group's recommendations.

The steps include developing a strategic plan, analyzing and revising the "node" system of assigning students, providing ongoing training for school board members and implementing a policy review process.

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  • tritonlm6 Mar 18, 2011

    Life isn't all about SeanJohn and Timberlands. Pick up a book. Read it. Then another. And another. And another.....

    Make a real contribution to societey, not the crime rate. Change your image and stop living up to the sterotype.

  • musthavecoffee Mar 18, 2011

    "I know, it's easier to study on a full stomach. Then provide free lunches for ALL students. Problem solved, no need to move students. I'll pay increased taxes for that!"

    I teach at a majority FRL school, and let me tell you, I see your tax dollars go into the trash every day.

    There is very little TRUE diversity here, and most kids don't have two parents. You know what, though? I love these kids, and I'd anything for them. Teachers are not afraid; you all just think we're stupid.

  • ncspamfish Mar 18, 2011

    until parents get significantly involved in the development and education of their children beginning shortly after birth and running through high school years...........academic, educational, social, behavioral shortfalls will continue to exist in these kids.

    reasons.....some parents dont care and wont help, other parents are unable to take the responsibility on because they themselves are incapable of doing these thing.

    bottom line.......throwing money at the problem or rearranging deck chairs on the titanic (ie, bussing students) will not remedy the problem.

  • kimandwill89 Mar 18, 2011

    If NAACP cared about their people, they would help them stop the vicious cycle of poverty. Look at the Vietnamese. They came here in the 70's with nothing but the shirts on their backs, and were dirt poor. They valued education (public I might add) and look at them now. Their children are doctors, lawyers and dentists. When parents value education for their children, their future is limitless.

  • mpsoldier1985 Mar 18, 2011

    Will somebody tell Barber that we voted these people in to do a job. He really is putting a bad taste in everyones mouth when it comes to the mission of the NAACP

  • blackdog Mar 17, 2011

    Unlock your potential. Read.

  • blackdog Mar 17, 2011

    "blackdog, you insist that they plan to build a school in every neighborhood, don't know why you believe that. It was never intended, but you keep pounding that nonsense if it makes you happy.

    They have always said to assign students to the closest available school - got it? I hope so for your sake, you're upset over nothing."


    Nancy, that is NOT what I said...

  • Nancy Mar 17, 2011

    blackdog, you insist that they plan to build a school in every neighborhood, don't know why you believe that. It was never intended, but you keep pounding that nonsense if it makes you happy.

    They have always said to assign students to the closest available school - got it? I hope so for your sake, you're upset over nothing.

  • sirthinksalot Mar 17, 2011

    When is society going to look at all people for the content of their character? Why do people insist on using the term "diversity"? All the term "diversity" does is look at a person's skin color or some other "qualifying" characteristic. Why is society continually held captive by those who can't accept a person's content of character? If a kid is bad, then they are a bad kid no matter where they are. Busing them to some other part of the county only hides the problem, or speads it out to bring the whole system down. If the Cary schools need help addressing poor teachers or kids who act up, then get them the help they need. Bring them to a higher standard, don't bring the whole system to a lower one. The fix is not a hard one, it takes courage and honesty. Unfortunately, some in this society are bent on faulty agendas, which will never solve any problems except the ones that put money in their pocket.

  • blackdog Mar 17, 2011

    The report took a few minutes to read, but was quite succinct in it's evaluation. Attempts to blame everyone except those on the board, are without basis. Many are simple minded retorts, instead of objective factual discussion. They are simply, self justifications of feelings. Such, as the board has tried to do without facts and plans. But, there is one plan. The plan is to privatize education, funded with tax money for private buisness.

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