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Gotta love the language used by the LA Times to spin it to sound as though race plays a part in this districts vote. Disgusting !
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A 5-to-4 board majority in the acclaimed Raleigh, N.C.-area district has ushered in a neighborhood-based school attendance plan. Opponents have responded with anger, deriding the move as 're-segregation.'


This vibrant Southern capital has enjoyed a reputation for first-rate schools that long ago shed a segregated legacy. Schools in poor urban neighborhoods and prosperous suburbs alike have been praised as racially mixed and academically sound.

But the school board's move to abandon its diversity policy in favor of neighborhood schools has prompted accusations of "re-segregation" and thrown the district into turmoil. Police attend board meetings, where some protesters have been arrested — including the president of the state NAACP, who is now barred from the premises.

Opponents say ending efforts to balance student bodies by race and socioeconomic status will lead Wake County back to the days of Jim Crow. The North Carolina NAACP filed a civil rights complaint, triggering an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education. A national accreditation firm is investigating too, warning that the acrimony could threaten quality education.

Even TV comedian Stephen Colbert weighed in, saying the district's "Three R's" were "Readin', Ritin' and Resegregatin'."

Colbert's mockery and the two investigations were mentioned ruefully by several Wake County residents at an emotional public hearing last month.

"We used to be held up as a national model," resident Jamie Dunston said. "Now we're being held up … as objects of ridicule and disgust, and rightfully so."

Other residents thanked the board for restoring parental choice by allowing children to attend neighborhood schools. Several described long bus rides and lack of parental involvement in schools far from home.

"You're giving us back local control and quality family time," one parent said.

Wake County has become a test of diversity policies nationwide.

"This is really striking," said professor Gary Orfield, who studies school desegregation as co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. "I think it will call into question how useful this model is. It's a shame — it's been so successful."

In a 2009 book, "Hope and Despair in the American City: Why There Are No Bad Schools in Raleigh," Syracuse University professor Gerald Grant called Wake County schools the nation's best for racial and economic diversity.

But the board's 5-to-4 conservative majority, elected in November 2009, says the diversity policy is an unwelcome government intrusion that has led to constant shuffling of students while failing to help low-performing pupils, many of them black.

"We are focused on actually educating kids rather than just distributing kids," said John Tedesco, part of the majority.

The board's most vocal opponent is the Rev. William J. Barber, president of the state chapter of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People. The fiery minister has condemned the conservative majority as "the gang of five," which he says is bent on resegregating schools and flouting Brown vs. Board of Education, the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision that "separate but equal" schools were inherently unequal, and thus unconstitutional.

"Segregation didn't work then," Barber said. "It won't work now."

In June, Barber led a protest at a board meeting, where demonstrators sang and chanted while taking over board members' seats during a recess. Four protesters were arrested, including Barber, who was led away in handcuffs.

Banned from school property, he was arrested and handcuffed again outside a board meeting in July after leading a march to the site. Inside, 16 other protesters were arrested after seizing control of the podium and chanting, "Forward forever! Backwards never!"

As demonstrators scuffled with police, one officer mistook a board member for a protester and briefly pinned his arm.

The sprawling Wake County Public School System serves 143,000 students in 163 schools spread over 800 square miles. The largest district in the state and the 18th-largest nationwide, it is 49.5% white, 24.8% black, 14.6% Latino and 6% Asian.

After merging city and county schools in 1976, the district used race as one criterion in assigning students to schools. Since 2000, it has used socioeconomic status as a prime factor in determining student assignments, with the goal of creating diversity and eliminating low-income pockets.

Even with busing to enhance diversity, 86% of students attend schools within 5 miles of their homes. In a January 2010 survey of 41,000 district parents, 94.5% said they were satisfied with their children's school assignments.

But in March, the board voted 5 to 4 to scrap the diversity policy.

Weeks earlier, Supt. Del Burns publicly criticized the board's plan and announced he would retire. The board put him on administrative leave until his retirement date, calling his comments "totally inappropriate."

The board has since hired Anthony J. Tata, a retired Army brigadier general who spent 19 months as chief operating officer of Washington, D.C., public schools. Opponents objected, noting his relative lack of educational experience.

The most outspoken conservative board member has been Tedesco, son of a Pennsylvania steelworker, who moved to Wake County five years ago. He dismisses criticism of the neighborhood plan as "crazy rhetoric" and says the diversity policy has undermined education.

That policy was designed to keep each school under a 40% poverty threshold, as measured by students eligible for free or reduced-price federal lunches.

Ten years ago, only 5% of district schools exceeded the poverty threshold, Tedesco said. Today, according to district figures, the rate is more than 32% — with a few schools reporting rates as high as 70%.

The neighborhood plan will save the district $6 million to $8 million a year in transportation costs, he said. It will be phased in over three years, starting this fall.

Tedesco called the old policy a failed attempt to "manufacture diversity," adding: "We're already a beautifully rich and diverse community."

But Barber said the board's actions would destroy a system that has produced quality education for students of all races and income levels.

"America, not just Wake County, should stand up and say this is wrong and we're not going back to the days of segregated schools," he said.

UCLA's Orfield said several schools in Charlotte, N.C., reverted to heavy concentrations of poor, black students for the first time in two generations after the district switched to neighborhood schools in 2002.

"They'll be back in Raleigh too," Orfield said.

At last month's public hearing, the community's polarization was on display.

Barbara Garlock, a Raleigh lawyer, said her children flourished under the diversity system because they shared classes with students from many different backgrounds.

"I'm so grateful they had that opportunity, and I don't want to see that taken away for other children," she said.

But Bruce Morris, 40, said the diversity system had failed him and his two siblings, who he estimated spent 6,000 hours riding buses to attend school.

"They put the collective above the individual," Morris said. "The focus should be on student achievement, not diversity."

Asked whether he would send his 4-year-old daughter to Wake County schools under the diversity system, Morris replied, "Absolutely not."

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-diversity-20110206,0,5898469,full.story
 

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Oh the irony.

De segrigation in schools began due to a court case where a black child was forced to attend a black school across town insted of the white school up the street.

Now when they de-desegrigate they are letting a a student go to the school in his/her neigborhood instead of making them go to the racially balanced school across town and that is a problem.:crazy:
 

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Oh the irony.

De segrigation in schools began due to a court case where a black child was forced to attend a black school across town insted of the white school up the street.

Now when they de-desegrigate they are letting a a student go to the school in his/her neigborhood instead of making them go to the racially balanced school across town and that is a problem.:crazy:
The entire ideology is backwards. That's why it always fails miserably, after making the citizenry miserable and broke.
 

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I have been following this in the news, as Raleigh is only about 90 min from me. I say it is about damn time. One reason I bought the house I did was because of the school district. If you do not like the schools your children are going to, MOVE!
 

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The entire ideology is backwards. That's why it always fails miserably, after making the citizenry miserable and broke.
That's just it. The policy was a resounding success. The kids are universally good and academically stable. On one hand, that meand the policy is working and should be kept. On the other hand, maybe it did its job and is no longer needed?

We'll see if the schools change or stay the same. If some schools change for the worse (and this is where I think the fear is coming from) then it is 100% the fault of the students and parents. They don't want to be held responsible. They want the schools to be.
 

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I have been following this in the news, as Raleigh is only about 90 min from me. I say it is about damn time. One reason I bought the house I did was because of the school district. If you do not like the schools your children are going to, MOVE!
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The reason I stayed in my town, instead of movong to another town into a larger house that I could still afford, was because of the schools. That was some years ago. I will interview a lot of schools and decide if I am going to move to a different district.

That's what people do for the children! Or we use the Open Enrollment in MN and drive our kids to the next district. But that messes with neighborhood friendships.
 

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Dallas schools had court ordered bussing for over 30 years to equalize opportunity. Basically, it caused nearly the entire white population of the city to move out or put their kids in private schools totally eliminating the benefit of the program. They finally removed the court order to prevent more damage after generations of kids had spent hours a day on busses going across town unnecessarily, and after the entire school system was almost completely non-white. It wasn't that the white parents didn't want their kids going to school with minority students. It was simply that they wanted them close to home. Because parents have a choice where they live, these programs are doomed to failure. On the other hand, natural desegregation occurs as neighborhoods become more racially mixed. Once again, letting natural forces work is preferable to government forced unnatural solutions.
 

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Once again, letting natural forces work is preferable to government forced unnatural solutions.
I agree. But a lot of the schools were self segregating based on socioeconomic factors.

Sadly, the black leaders have failed to man up and admit that their kids have a problem that is cultural. they still blame the white people for their black kids refusing to learn math.

Bill Cosby gets death threats for speaking this truth.

I don't know how to fix it.
 

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I agree. But a lot of the schools were self segregating based on socioeconomic factors.

Sadly, the black leaders have failed to man up and admit that their kids have a problem that is cultural. they still blame the white people for their black kids refusing to learn math.

Bill Cosby gets death threats for speaking this truth.

I don't know how to fix it.
Yep. If there is a solution to under performing minority students, it will have to come from within their communities. I think it has been proven that trying to solve that problem with more money, with a brilliant system, or with good intentions will not work. Those cultural communities are going to have to pressure their students into understanding the need to work hard and gain work skills. Then those communities will have to step up and support those students efforts and cheer their successes.
 

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Yep. If there is a solution to under performing minority students, it will have to come from within their communities. I think it has been proven that trying to solve that problem with more money, with a brilliant system, or with good intentions will not work. Those cultural communities are going to have to pressure their students into understanding the need to work hard and gain work skills. Then those communities will have to step up and support those students efforts and cheer their successes.
Sadly, they annot do it themselves. They had a real chance in the 70's and 80's, but squandered it. Now we have some ill prepared parents pretending to raise children all the while the men are thugs and not caring for their kids. The stats on black absentee fathers are astounding. Shocking. And are destroying the community.
 

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Sadly, they annot do it themselves. They had a real chance in the 70's and 80's, but squandered it. Now we have some ill prepared parents pretending to raise children all the while the men are thugs and not caring for their kids. The stats on black absentee fathers are astounding. Shocking. And are destroying the community.
Definitely the root of the problem. 70% of African-American children are born to single mothers. Being a single mother certainly doesn't guarantee that her children will underperform, but every study shows that it increases the liklihood. There may be many reasons this is true, but it can be as simple as exhaustion. Two parents can share the load of parenting and get short periods of relief now and then. Single parents have all of the responsibility - often for multiple children. By school age, mom is worn out and cannot put the time and effort needed into keeping the child on track educationally. Unfortunately, these young men who randomly impregnate these women simply don't seem to care.
 
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