Wake County Schools

NAACP to host forum on Wake student assignment

Posted July 19, 2011

— The state NAACP is holding a forum Tuesday evening about the proposed student assignment plan for Wake County schools that's expected to go before the school board this fall.

The NAACP says it will give a report at 7 p.m. at Martin Street Baptist Church, 1001 E. Martin St., on a July 7 meeting between the group's leader and the Wake County Public School System superintendent.

Rev. William Barber met with Superintendent Tony Tata about the so-called "Community-Based Choice Plan," which allows parents to choose from a variety of schools based on their address. It also takes into account achievement balance and capacity at each school.

The school board adopted a new policy last year that moves away from the district's longstanding policy of busing students to achieve a socio-economic balance in schools.

Barber, whose group has been one of the most vocal critics of the new policy, is concerned that eliminating diversity as a factor in student assignment will lead to segregated schools.

Following his meeting with Tata, Barber said that, unless the wording of the policy is changed to specifically address diversity, the school system won't be able to guarantee that it won't segregate schools.


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  • scvmcdoc Jul 20, 2011

    And there you have it!!!!!! WRAL has completely removed the story from their news page. You can't even find it by clicking more, only by "searching". Next time WRAL, just don't post stuff about this racist to begin with. Final count 47 Comments.....All Against!!

  • dfosterlllllll Jul 20, 2011

    What right does this racist pseudo "reverend" have to impose demands on our school board and the peoople of NC? We the people (white, asian, hispanic, black, all) pay fine salaries to people to make these kinds of decisions in as fair a manner as possible using their experience and common sense. If this nut is really a "reverend", shouldn't he be preaching and teaching the word of God instead of trying to impose his will on the people of Wake County? (rhetorical)

    People work hard to buy homes in particular neighborhoods because of their preference of lifestyle, safety, security, and their children's education opportunities. Don't tell ME my child is required to be bussed across town just because some other family has not acquired the means to position themselves where they want to be! If I want to buy a home near a particular school, my children should be able to attend that school and walk there if I (we) so choose. Forget Barber. He does not have a say in this.

  • skyyekatfromafar Jul 20, 2011

    I think fatchanceimwrong and Bartmeister have it "spot on" with their posts. He will continue to be in the news as long as the media considers his ilk to be "news worthy." Most posting here probably remember the Rev. Jackson days of yore . . no matter where one turned there was that annoying racist full face in the media. Even the night of Obama's win the cameras were live in Chicago and they just happened to have on conveniently set up right in front of Jackson. To be sure all watching the results got a grand view of 'Rev' standing there with those crocodile tears streaming down his face. Enough on nostalgia!!

    In short, Jackson and the likes of Barber have been given 'press' when they should be ignored. How sad that Dr. King was taken from us so soon. Were he here now I've no doubt he would send Barber packing as his tactics are a disgrace to that which Dr. King stood and marched for so peacefully. (And they're totally uncalled for too!)

  • shoutntime Jul 20, 2011

    It would be funny if a couple hundred white people showed up to protest the meeting, but again white people wouldn't be called protesters they would be called racist Tea Party members.

  • fatchanceimwrong Jul 20, 2011

    Following the concept that if you ignore someone they'll eventually go away, and considering that WRAL will take every opportunity to put Barber's face and complaints on their website, why not stop biting WRAL's bait and refuse to comment on any Barber story. I believe their attempts in continuing to promote this guy are for the purpose of soliciting negative comments so that they can claim that we're all racist. Just stop commenting everytime WRAL posts a story about Barber and maybe they'll get the hint. Or better yet, stop even going to their site for a day or so. I'm sure their advertisers will be calling them.

  • Whosays Jul 20, 2011

    Quit giving him a reason to be on the news, enough!!!

  • Mark Hayes Jul 20, 2011

    Theres no cure for being lazy.

  • edwh14 Jul 20, 2011

    The main reason I no longer watch WRAL is because of the excessive coverage they give William Barber. WTVD now has the best local news in the Raleigh-Durham Area.

  • kjackson47 Jul 20, 2011

    Barber needs a new job and needs to quit being racial bias

  • edwh14 Jul 20, 2011

    The reason WRAL continues to report on the likes of instigator, agitator William Barber is that cries of racism generate more news for them to report on. WRAL fans the flames of racism by covering the rants and raves of William Barber. It generates an audience for them and for Barber. Stop covering this lunatic and he will go away.