Photos is from The University of South Alabama Archives, via PBS
Despite the fact that Raleigh is seen as one of the most progressive cities in the country, the rest of Wake County seems to not share this 21st century attitude. In a 5-4 vote, which is a result of the most recent Wake County School Board Elections, the Wake County School Board decided to end busing for diversity in the school system. This will create neighborhood schools which will go against using a diversity policy that has been in place since the 1970s. It would seem that overall our city is moving forward, but it’s times like these that this progressive nature comes into question.
Wake County superintendent Del Burns had already cast his vote in February with his resignation over the issue and now the school board, as expected when the election votes were cast back in October of 2009, has followed through with their promise. Wake County just stepped backwards a few decades and sadly it may take us a few decades to right this wrong.
Ending busing for diversity (aka reinstating school segregation):
As outlined back in October:
The biggest news of the day: the clean sweep by the Republican backed school board candidates who have vowed to end diversity based busing. Chris Malone, Deborah Prickett, and Debra Goldman were all elected by a highly vocal and organized group of parents. John Tedesco defeated incumbent Horace Tart, but may have to have a runoff next month against Cathy Truitt who came in second in November. Truitt is also a neighborhood school supporter. The winning candidates and their supporters believe the existing system of bus based blending decreases the quality of their schools by bringing poorer students to the schools in an effort to have uniform ratios of free and reduced lunch students across the system.
Bob Geary over at the INDY has more.