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Understanding the complaint filed against the Wake County schools

For those looking to get a real grasp on the Title VI complaint filed by the NAACP and others against the Wake County school board, we have posted the complaint along with an appendix and four separate exhibits filed with it. Just click on any of the links below to view the documents.

Title VI Complaint

Appendix A – Reassigment maps and figures

Exhibit 1 – April 6, 2010 Board meeting minutes

Exhibit 2 – Great Schools in Wake briefing paper on academic research

Exhibit 3 – School board transfer of school assigment policy 

Exhibit 4 – Great Schools in Wake transportation fact sheet 

6 Comments


  1. Jack

    September 28, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Right thinking: If it works, break it. If it’s broke don’t fix it.

    I hope this filing saves the day but we’ll see. A lot of damage by the gang as they vandalized the Wake County school system.

    Stepping back in time is suppose to be for Sci-Fi but it may a matter of nonfiction now.

  2. BMG

    October 1, 2010 at 9:44 am

    I think this complaint is sad. The previous policy was based on socioeconomic factors and not based on race. the NAACP and others ought to be ashamed of the stance that they are taking. Empirical evidence has shown that the busing policy not only doesn’t work, but it places undue burden on families of all of the students that are bused from one area to another. In fact, I would argue that the current policy of busing students actually hurts students that are failing by leveling out the school’s graduation rates enabling the schools to hide their failures. The focus needs to be on the providing the students with the education and community support they need to succeed. I have a hard time imagining that the best solution to that is to bus our children away from their homes and hope that the families can participate. It takes a community to raise a child.

    The system IS broken. We need to stop masking the problem and shifting the blame here. People need to step up to the plate and make their childrens’ education a priority. It isn’t just the responsibility of the schools to make our kids succeed.

  3. Rob Schofield

    October 1, 2010 at 9:57 am

    You misunderstand the complaint, “BMG.” Yes, the old policy was based on socioeconomic factors. It’s the new Board’s actions that are based on race.

    As for the “empirical evidence,” you are again misinformed. Nationally recognized expert after expert has demonstrated conclusively that the best way to all but guarantee failure for poor kids is to keep them all segregated off in high poverty schools.

    Wake’s system was far from perfect. It had struggled in recent years in particular as its commitment to diversity had waned and vast numbers of new students overwhelemed capacity. It was not, however, “broken.” It was, in fact, one of the most successful large school systems in the country.

    Did it need a tune-up? Yes. Did it need to be torn down by ideologically driven amateurs? Absolutely not.

  4. BMG

    October 1, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Actually, the new Board’s actions are based on concept of community schools. Unfortunately, communities are often racially centered. So I can understand how it would be easy to say that they are racially motivated.

    An expert’s opinions are not empirical, they are opinions no matter how respected the person is locally or nationally. I was talking the test score success/failure rate of the Wake county both before and after the busing policy was implemented.

    I think you misunderstood what the constituents of Wake county voted for. Most people don’t want their child bused far from their homes in order to make a place for someone else. In this regard the system is broken, in my opinion. I would argue that Wake County continues to be “one of the most successful large school systems in the country”.

    Thanks for your opinion and for listening to mine. Good luck with your law suit.

  5. Rob Schofield

    October 1, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Thanks for your opinion, too. Unfortunately, you still misunderstand a few basics.

    #1 – The overwhelming pecentage of busing in Wake has NOT been a byproduct of the search for some modicum of socioeconomic diversity. It was
    a byproduct of having a rapidly growing population. To the extent anyone voted for the new board crew because they thought they could end busing, they were sadly misinformed.

    #2 – Despite the recent setbacks in test scores (and we could spend hours debating their usefulness as a gauge) Wake had been making real progress for many years in closing the achievement gap. Things only began to fall off in recent years as growth overhwhelmed the system and the old Board took its eye off the ball and allowed its commitment to diversity to slacken.

    #3 – The findings about what goes on the school systems in which poor kids are all penned up in high poverty inner city schools are not just opinions — they are well-documented (and extremely sobering) facts.

    #4 – Finally, a fluke off-year election in which 3% or so of Wake County adults voted does not amount to the kind of mandate that one might accurately characterize as being “what the constituents of Wake county voted for.” And it hardly ought to be interpreted as a mandate to simply dynamite such a large, important and painstakingly assembled system.

  6. […] December 10, 2010 NC HEAT Greets Investigators from the Office of Civil Rights Posted by wakeyouth under Uncategorized Leave a Comment  On Tuesday, December 7, representatives from the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights visited Raleigh as part of their investigation into the Title VI complaint filed against the Wake County Board of Education by NC HEAT and the NAACP. Read more about the complaint by clicking here. […]

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