Here are some assorted issues raised in the NC SPIN show on Wake County's school diversity fight.
Was the socioeconomic diversity unpopular with the public, as maintained by John Hood, president of the conservative John Locke Foundation? He pointed to the higher turnout at last fall's elections and the unfavorable poll results from the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling and the conservative-leaning Civitas Institute.
"The policy that the Wake County school board adopted a decade ago has never been popular," Hood said. "It has always been unpopular."
But the Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP; and Chris Fitzsimon, executive director of the liberal N.C. Policy Watch, disagreed. They pointed to the district's calendar survey results showing that 94.5 percent of respondents were satisfied with their child's school.
"It's not unpopular, No. 1," Fitzsimon said. "94.5 percent of parents like where there kids go to school."
Hood argued that the district's survey wasn't scientific and representative.
Was Wake County only committed to maintaining diversity since the past decade under what Barber repeatedly referred to as the "McNeal Plan," referring to former Supt. Bill McNeal?
Barber said Wake took 30 years to carry out the Swann court ruling that mandated that Charlotte implement a busing program for diversity.
"Prior to that, the school board here said we'll hold on to neighborhood schools until we have a court order," Barber said,
Several former school board embers would strongly disagree that Wake wasn't committed to school diversity efforts until 2000. Pre-2000, Wake's policy was based on racial diversity and not socioeconomic diversity.
Barber also repeated the argument that only 3 percent of Wake's students are bused for diversity. As I've pointed out in the past, that figure is based on the lowest possible number.
You can get 3 percent if you only count students who are bused long distances for no other reason for diversity. But that figure doesn't include cases where diversity is not considered the primary factor, such as to fill a new school.
The premise of comparable demographics under the old policy 6200 was based on trying to keep schools in a general area with similar demographics.