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NAACP decries conservative group's budget advice to school boards

Posted April 14, 2011

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— Members of the state NAACP protested the decision by four Wake County school board members to attend a budget training session Thursday sponsored by a conservative group.

The Civitas Institute and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Schools organized the half-day seminar, which was attended by Wake board members Ron Margiotta, John Tedesco, Chris Malone and Deborah Prickett.

State NAACP President Rev. William Barber, who has criticized ending the use of socioeconomic diversity as a factor in student assignment in Wake County schools, said the Civitas Institute is bad for diversity and has no business training school board members.

"The policies of Civitas are about going backwards. The policies of the NAACP for 102 years and all of our friends have always been about pushing this nation forward," Barber said.

Malone said the seminar is one option to fill requirements for continuing education for school board members.

"It's required training. Every year, we are supposed to get about 12 hours of credits, and that's what we are doing," he said. "We are going to take care of our responsibility."

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Barber said a seminar organized by Civitas fits the political agenda of the majority of the Wake County school board that favors neighborhood schools.

"It seems they traveled here, and they'll travel anywhere to go somewhere that lines up with the regressive thoughts," Barber said.

School board members, though, said they attended the seminar to learn, not for a political agenda.

"I would encourage, before people challenge it, that they come in and see what's being taught," Tedesco said. "I don't think it's any different than any other training that's happening all over the state."

Board members pointed out that the meeting included nonpartisan speakers – Philip Price, chief financial officer of the state Department of Public Instruction, and Kerry Crutchfield, former finance director for W-S/FCPS – as well as Terry Stopps, education studies director for the conservative John Locke Foundation.

Bob Luebke, with the Civitas Institute, said it's simply interested in education.

"We are very much in favor of improving our schools and working toward strategies that do that," he said.

Luebke said that all members of school boards across the state were invited to the seminar. The other five members of the Wake County school board did not attend.

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  • belovedsparrow Apr 15, 2011

    Usually continuing education credits must be appropriate. For example, a class in basket weaving should not count. The class needs to be relavent to what a person is doing. Just sitting in a class with a room full of people certainly does not quality for continuing education credits. We all have a right to our opinion whether it has merit or not. Rev. Barber can state his position just the same as everyone else. You show your racial bias when you attact a person or organization. Do you really care what he says?
    superman

    So the NAACP states their oppinion whether it has merit or not. That's not racial bias... My stating my opinion is racial bias though... When did I mention anything about race at all? Seems that someone else is the one showing their racial bias.

    Oh well, I've got a busy weekend ahead. I don't have time to argue and bicker. Have fun.

  • justuptonogood Apr 15, 2011

    ncguy: "Don't those protesters have a job they need to be at?"

    Probably not. Most likely they are recepients of a government entitlemnet program.

  • albany4509 Apr 15, 2011

    > Why do we always hear from the NAACP? Are they trustworthy? <

    Like everyone else they have their own agenda, which benefits them but may or may not be good for the overall community.

  • crustyhalo Apr 15, 2011

    billcampbell...please move somewhere else then !!!!

  • jimthorne73 Apr 15, 2011

    Why do we always hear from the NAACP? Are they trustworthy?

  • Rebelyell55 Apr 15, 2011

    I had to quit watching the news during dinner now for fear they will show the Rev. (never do well) Barber. Everytime I see him, I know it's not good for the people of NC and it's sicking to watch him spout out his garbages and stupidity. Gov. B, that's your boy for ya. Give him another award.

  • superman Apr 15, 2011

    Usually continuing education credits must be appropriate. For example, a class in basket weaving should not count. The class needs to be relavent to what a person is doing. Just sitting in a class with a room full of people certainly does not quality for continuing education credits. We all have a right to our opinion whether it has merit or not. Rev. Barber can state his position just the same as everyone else. You show your racial bias when you attact a person or organization. Do you really care what he says?

  • albany4509 Apr 15, 2011

    The demonstrators represent a growing segment of our society who oppose any effort, discussion or action that is perceived to threaten their mired existence on government welfare. Public education undermined by a conference? It's really funny when a group screams "equality and inclusion" when what they are really doing is segregating. "You must treat us fairly" is code for "treat us as special... we deserve special treatment." "Civitas is based in Raleigh and supports limited government, personal responsibility and civic engagement, according to its website". How terrible!!!!!! No wonder Mr. Barber and the NAACP opposes this organization. They are messing up the "deal". Imagine being personally accountable and actually having to get involved in your child's education as well as not having the government control every aspect of your life. Doesn't that just make you shutter??? Well..... me neither.

  • belovedsparrow Apr 15, 2011

    CE (Continuing Education) credets are required for certain careers in order that the individual's education remain current. It's usually something that the person complies with in order to fulfil the requirement. The person can take the classes that he/she chooses to earn the credit for it and have it considered continuing education. It really isnt the NAACP's (or anyone else's) business to dictate which CE the person chooses to use to fulfill that obligation.

    Sometimes people just need to butt out of other people's business. I thought this was a free country. Isn't there already enough out there for the NAACP to stick their nose into?

  • RM24 Apr 15, 2011

    billcampbell - we have enough "enlightened" people in this state... stay where you are or move somewhere else please!
    sonicbluezx3

    I agree also.

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