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Wake schools corrects some data in civil rights probe

Posted April 14, 2011

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— Wake County schools officials are correcting some data about minority students and busing that was included in a report submitted in early April to federal civil-rights investigators looking into a complaint about the county's student assignment policy.

The report to the Office for Civil Rights stated that under the old student assignment policy, poor and minority students were subjected to "disproportionately long bus rides" and that there is "a strong correlation between long bus rides and low academic performance" for students of all ethnicities.

The numbers support that contention for white and black students but not for Hispanics and other small minority populations, school board attorney Anne Majestic said Thursday. The data sets from smaller ethnic groups "are probably too small to be meaningful," she said.

Rev. Barber Williams, president of the state chapter of the NAACP, said those errors reflect the views of school board members who want to end the old assignment policy based, in part, on socioeconomic diversity.

"They created a hypothesis," Barber said. "Their hypothesis is, how can we prove that neighborhood schools are good against what the research says, what the law says and what history says? And then they tried ... to prove it."

School board chair Ron Margiotta said the errors were minor, and he stands by the overall report.

"She made a couple errors, but they tend to be very minor in scope," Margiotta said. "I think the important factor that we have to consider and that we are concerned with and should be concerned with is that we haven't helped students by moving them a distance."

middle school, school bus Some mistakes in Wake schools civil-rights probe report

He said he thinks the data can be corrected without slowing or having a significant impact on the Office of Civil Rights' investigation.

Margiotta is part of a majority on the Wake County Board of Education that favors a neighborhood schools model, which they say would increase parental choice and involvement and academic achievement.

The NAACP filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights, claiming that ending the old policy would re-segregate schools and concentrate minority students in schools in poor communities.

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  • SAR26 Apr 19, 2011

    What about acknowledging the obvious answer, that personal actions and self-inflicted failure lead to economic and social failure? The job of the public school system is education, not social "equalizing" or rigging the system to achieve it.

    What confuses opponents of eliminating the socioeconomic diversity policy in general is that economic success in America is a product of hard work, education, and staying away from crime, vice, and unwed motherhood.

    “How about using the public schools to teach academic subjects like reading and math, not to operate an "equalizing engine" to achieve left-wing political goals. Schwartz mumbles on, "Does class plays into this, and other factors." No it doesn't. How about the students being lazy? “

    Exerts from “Black/Hispanic failure in public schools is not racial bias” (http://www.sullivan-county.com/id5/racial_bias.htm)

  • SAR26 Apr 19, 2011

    Why

  • NCAries Apr 15, 2011

    I'll be glad when they get this bussing issue decided so they can also deal with the unequal discipline issues, and racial profiling, conflicts in what the rules say and what is sometimes allowed and then randomly and prejudicially enforced in the schools.

  • cantstandya Apr 14, 2011

    How many other counties are held to Rev Barbers demands,not many I would bet.

  • RM24 Apr 14, 2011

    NEW United States LAW. NO students can go to a school withing 60 miles of their home.

  • RM24 Apr 14, 2011

    CLOSE WAKE CO SCHOOLS. Bus students a minimum of 2hrs to school. GRADES SHOULD soar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RM24 Apr 14, 2011

    Margiotta is part of a majority on the Wake County Board of Education that favors a neighborhood schools model,

    Majority of the school board huh? WHAT DOES the majority of North Carolina public schools do? HOW about the majority of schools in the United STATES???

  • RM24 Apr 14, 2011

    They created a hypothesis," Barber said. "Their hypothesis is, how can we prove that neighborhood schools are good against what the research says, WHAT THE LAW SAYS and what history says? And then they tried ... to prove it."

    IS IT AGAINST THE LAW NOW REV TO GO TO SCHOOL IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ALSO?

  • RM24 Apr 14, 2011

    Rev. Barber Williams, president of the state chapter of the NAACP ???

    DID HE CHANGE HIS NAME???

  • common_sense_plz Apr 14, 2011

    Let Every parent choose what school they want their child to go to. Then the Rev might just stop his whining.

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