Wake commissioners weigh in on community-based schools
Posted April 19, 2010 11:11 p.m. EDT
Updated April 19, 2010 11:44 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — The Wake County Board of Commissioners on Monday took a stand against the school board's plan to set up community-based assignments.
A measure by commissioner Stan Norwalk expresses "deep concern over any attempt to re-segregate Wake’s public schools by either race or socioeconomic status."
The board's three Republican members voted against the measure, which basically puts the commissioners' concerns over community-assignment zones on the record.
The Wake County School Board recently voted 5-4 to move away from an economic diversity policy that has been part of student assignment decisions for a decade.
The school system bases diversity calculations on the number of students in a school who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, which are federally subsidized and depend on family income.
Opponents of community-based assignments say they fear it will lead to re-segregation. Newly elected school board members, who voted in favor of the change, insist that they have no plans to segregate students.