Wake County schools are still the topic of the week. Find letters on tomorrow's Other Opinion page and in Sunday Forum on Sunday. Most of the Sunday Forum letters are in response to our piece on John Tedesco last Sunday. Read it here. In the meantime, here are more than 15 other letters on the school system.
Offering up the illustrated version of a letter that will appear in print one day soon:
More letters about Wake County schools and the diversity policy coming Sunday in Sunday Forum. In the meantime, here are 10 more.
Yep. More school letters. Twenty-seven of ’em. Find others on tomorrow’s Editorial and Other Opinion pages and in Sunday Forum this Sunday.
We get more than 1,400 letters a month and have room to print fewer than 280. Sometimes we move letters to run, and they get overrun by other things. Here are a dozen letters on topics ranging from health care to salt.
And the letters about Wake County schools just keep coming. Find
more on tomorrow’s Editorial and Other Opinion pages. In the meantime,
here's another. Click Read More for 20 other ones.
March 1982: Wake County Superintendent Dr. Walter Marks proposes a Schools of Choice program of educational options designed to achieve racial balance and efficient utilization of schools. The magnet program begins August 1982.
May 10th, 1982: I am born.
When I was in second grade, my parents chose to send me and my sister to Washington Elementary, a magnet school in downtown Raleigh across the street from the projects.
In second grade, a white mid- to upperclass girl knew the name of those projects: Walnut Terrace.
In second grade, I had my 8-year-old party. I remember two things distinctly. One, my friend asking me: “You are friends with black people?” I had one black friend there. Two, a different friend telling me she wanted to come to my party, but didn’t know whether she could buy me a present. She lived right by the school and rode the green bus, not the pink bus. Speaking of buses, my sister and I rode the bus every day. We loved our 45-minute bus ride.
She “found” me a present, a pair of hoop earrings. I have a picture with me and those earrings. I loved those earrings. In college, in my class Teaching Diverse populations, when I was asked to remember my first experience of diversity, I remembered these memories.
The Wake County school board has voted to end the diversity policy that has been in effect for a long time. Schools will go into neighborhood schools. Each school zone will have a magnet, year-round and traditional option. My husband went to neighborhood schools, and he turned out fine. He went to school with all of his friends in the neighborhood. In second grade, I was friends with all my neighborhood kids as well as kids in North Raleigh, regular Raleigh, downtown and other parts of Cary.
I don’t even live in Raleigh, and it breaks my heart. I don’t even have children, and it still makes me cry. This policy is a little about racism, a little about new people not understanding, but mostly about the future, and me understanding a little more the people who walk into my office every day straight from the projects of downtown Norfolk, and me understanding a little more the importance of Washington Elementary
and the old school policy
Wendy Eberhart Cook
Virginia Beach, Va.
And the letters about Wake County schools keep rolling in. We've gotten way more than we can print, although you will find school letters on tomorrow's Other Opinion page and in Sunday Forum this Sunday. In the meantime, here are more than 30 more.
We get more than 1,400 letters a month and have room to print fewer than 280. Sometimes we move letters into the publishing pipeline only to have them overrun by other things. Here are some of those letters.
We've gotten far more letters today on the Wake County schools situation than we can possibly print (read the latest story here). Look for others on tomorrow's Editorial and Other Opinion pages. In the meantime, here are 18.
We get more than 1,400 letters a month and have room to print fewer than 280. Sometimes we move letters into the publishing pipeline only to have them overrun by other things. Here are some of those letters, including some good ones on health care and one on bubble wrap.