The Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children and two local chapters of the NAACP are blasting the Wake County school board majority for its "act of retaliation" for Tuesday's meeting on ousting Superintendent Del Burns.
In a Sunday night press release, the South Central NAACP, Eastern Wake NAACP and the CCCAAC say Burns has the First Amendment right to have criticized the board majority last week. They're also saying the board is wasting money by hiring attorney Thomas Farr and potentially paying Burns more than $100,000 to leave ahead of his June 30 resignation date.
"The parents and citizens of local NAACP and the CCCAAC request if you are committed to ensuring equity/equality for all children that you leave the diversity policy intact and allow Superintendent Del Burns to finish out his contract," according to the press release.
Here's the press release:
CITIZENS Groups Comment on WCPSS BOE Closed Door Meeting:
The NAACP and CCCAAC believes that the WCPSS BOE Closed Meeting designed to ouster our superintendent is an act of retaliation. Dr. Burn’s comments about the board majority’s direction are aligned with his right to Freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment of the United State Constitution.
Secondly, the board majority continues to waste taxpayers’ money by hiring two attorneys, and will waste additional funds/resources to end the contract with Superintendent Del Burns. Why waste taxpayers’ money if the board majority’s primary concern is student achievement?
The local NAACP and the CCCAAC want to remind the board majority that their actions/decisions to segregate our school system by dismantling the present diversity policy and by ending mandatory year round school will gravely impact student achievement. Abandoning these policies will have harmful effects/severe consequences on our schools, community and most importantly, our children.
The parents and citizens of local NAACP and the CCCAAC request if you are committed to ensuring equity/equality for all children that you leave the diversity policy intact and allow Superintendent Del Burns to finish out his contract.