Wake County school board member Carolyn Morrison has released a statement explaining why she will vote tonight against withdrawing from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the local arm of AdvancED.
In her statement today, Morrison says that Wake should work with the accreditation review team and "not hinder them in their investigation." She lumps the potential loss of accreditation with dropping the diversity policy, eliminating Wake/Wacky Wednesdays, withdrawing from the N.C. Schools Boards Association, eliminating the requirement that the superintendent be an educator, giving speakers two minutes now instead of three at board meetings and cutting public comment to one meeting a month.
Here's Morrison's statement:
1-12-11 Statement by Carolyn Bond Morrison on SACS Accreditation:
I am very saddened to think that we are even considering withdrawing our SACS Accreditation, which we have enjoyed for many years. I do not support such action. We need to follow the SACS procedures in a cooperative/collegial manner, not hinder them in their investigation, receive and consider their decision, and then decide whether to accept it or appeal ultimately to the courts. If SACS issued an unfavorable decision, we could seek to retain our accreditation during the appellate process.
Withdrawing our accreditation now would be precipitous. It also could be misinterpreted as flight can be used as evidence of guilt.
Withdrawing our accreditation would be another discouraging blow to our school system, which in little more than a year has seen withdrawals from diversity efforts, professional learning teams, the North Carolina School Boards Association, requirements that our superintendent be an experienced educator, and reduced time for public comments.
For these reasons, I will vote NO on any motion to withdraw our accreditation.
UPDATED TO MENTION CUTTING TIME FOR INDIVIDUAL SPEAKERS AT BOARD MEETINGS