Terry Stoops says that Charlotte-Mecklenburg winning the Broad Prize shows that Wake County schools are "playing catch-up" to the often maligned school district.
in his weekly education update on Tuesday for the conservative John Locke Foundation, Stoops points to how people have taken frequent shots at CMS for its decision to move to neighborhood schools. One example he cites is how UCLA Professor Gary Orfield criticized Wake's elimination of the diversity policy in 2010 and said that "my feeling is that it's very important for people in Wake to drive over to Charlotte and see what's happened."
Stoops points to how Charlotte's low-income students outperform and outgraduate their Wake peers. He also points to how Broad praised Charlotte's efforts to target more resources into needier schools.
"So, I encourage people in Wake County and elsewhere to listen to Gary Orfield," Stoops writes. "Drive to Charlotte and 'see what's happened.' Better yet, let the Broad Foundation tell you what's happened. Charlotte-Mecklenburg has become 'a model for innovation in urban education.' Wake County is playing catch-up."