Another Mecklenburg County Commissioner is stepping into the Wake school board election fight.
Last week, County Commissioner Bill James praised the victory by neighborhood school candidates. But in a Sunday press release from the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children, County Commissioner Vilma Leake says neighborhood schools have been a bad thing in Charlotte.
Leake, a former CMS school board member, urges Wake voters to continue to fight for diversity.
Here's the CCCAAC press release:
SUPPORTERS OF DIVERSITY
Parents, Citizens and
Mrs. Wright and Concerned Parents of Wake County:
As parents and citizens of Wake County, your efforts have not been in vain. You must continue the struggle for quality education for all children.
We know attending neighborhood schools will not provide quality resources for the children that need it the most. Community schools are a part of the answer.
Neighborhood schools will only provide less quality teachers, principals and technology for poor children. The plan in Charlotte is not working for all children and I am sorry that the plan for Wake will not work. The weakest schools in the poorest communities are not setting high expectations. I would never rejoice or congratulate any system that did not provide quality education for ALL children. Diversity is a way of life in America so please continue your support of diversity.
former Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education