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It’s no secret that Gang of Five Wake County School Board member John Tedesco has been no fan of the system’s economic diversity policy in student assignment. Tedesco has claimed all along that he doesn’t want to resegregate the schools even though that’s what his assignment schemes would do.

In this morning’s N&O story about new Superintendent Anthony Tata, Tedesco shares a way that he thinks the schools can maintain diversity.

Fellow Republican school board member John Tedesco said the board can look at having diversity through things such as more videoconferencing of courses involving students from different schools

Good point John. What could be more diverse then a group of all-white kids sitting in a classroom watching a teacher on a television screen and a group of African-American kids across town sitting in their classroom watching the same thing ?

That’s probably exactly what civil rights leaders had in mind 50 years ago. Schools of all white kids and schools of all African-American kids overcoming their isolation by going to separate schools but sharing a teleconference for 50 minutes a day.

2 Comments


  1. gregflynn

    February 1, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Also dating, Facebook, Twitter, and sitting on the bus albeit on opposite ends. Not.

    Newsflash: The “separate but equal” doctrine adopted in Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537, has no place in the field of public education.

  2. JeffS

    February 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I wish we could change the focus on Tedesco.

    Focus on the zoning plans he doesn’t have. Focus on the cost of eliminating year-round seats; demand some numbers to go along with his assertion that he is going to save money by “reducing busing”. Analyze what white groups benefit from the recent zoning changes. Tie them back to voting and fundraising numbers.

    Diversity is a weak argument. I’m not saying drop it, but instead, focus on the issues that HIS people care about. Challenge them to pay attention to actions instead of rhetoric.

    Virtually everyone thinks “neighborhood schools” are a great thing (as long as you can ignore the negative implications). Be the side to focus on the quality of education and you might actually get somewhere.

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