The state NAACP is calling Wake County's new controlled-choice student assignment plan "an abject failure" and urging the U.S. Department of Education to "re-invigorate" its investigation of the school district.
In a press release Friday, the NAACP announced it had filed a supplement to its original Title VI complaint against Wake over eliminating the diversity policy. The supplement is based on an analysis in Wednesday's Raleigh Public Record that "the poorest schools are getting poorer at a much greater rate than more affluent schools" under the choice plan.
"In short, our worst projections will be realized this fall," according to the NAACP supplement. "Our children -- Black, Brown and Poor-will be funneled into schools that are already Black, Brown & Poor. As we have shown in our thoughtful, scientifically-based Title VI complaint, this bodes ill for all our children."
The NAACP asks the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights to make another site visit, "to review this ugly trend and to take steps to reverse it before it damns more of our children to high-poverty schools."