Bob Geary has joined the list of supporters of the old Wake County school diversity policy who are firing shots at the blue controlled-choice plan.
In an article in the latest issue of the liberal Independent weekly, Geary calls the blue plan "as close as Wake County can get (to charter schools) without raising taxes and building more schools." Geary is no fan of charter schools, something he goes into great lengths about in the article.
Geary draws the equivalence between the blue plan and charter schools because of Superintendent Tony Tata's assurance that "once Johnny or Jane is in a school, he or she won't ever be reassigned to another school in the same age range unless the parents choose it."
Geary says there are two big plans about the blue plan:
"One question is, what happens to Wake County if, in four or five years, all the desirable schools are full and can't accept new arrivals? Does growth stop? Do taxes increase in order to throw more money at the undesirable, under-enrolled schools?
The second, related, question is, if the high-poverty neighborhoods are left with high-poverty schools, and kids from the middle-class neighborhoods don't choose them, and kids from the low-income neighborhoods don't choose them either, who gets stuck going to them?
We all know the answer to that one. Because in most of America, if not in Wake County yet, a good public education has come to mean that you should be prepared to deal with whatever life throws at you, as long as Mom and Dad approve it first."