The Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children is accusing the new Wake County school board majority of violating due process rights and trying to dismantle the diversity policy without proper consideration.
In a press release sent Tuesday night, the CCCAAC blasts the board majority for introducing agenda items without prior notice to the public or the members of the board minority. The group also argues that the board hasn't considered how the diversity policy helps low-income children or that most students live near where they attend school.
"The meetings of the new Wake County School Board demonstrated just how far the new Board majority will go to push through its ideological agenda to dismantle the nationally-acclaimed student diversity policy and replace it with a plan designed to lead to resegregation and racially identifiable, high-poverty schools," the CCCAAC writes.
The group says that diversity and neighborhood schools can exist. They point to the district's as-the-crow-flies distance analysis study indicating that 99 percent of students attend schools within 10 miles of their homes. They say only about one percent of children are bused for diversity.
That 1 percent figure is definitely too low as it would only touch about 1,400 students. How much higher is uncertain.
Back in 2005, school administrators said that 7,196 students are bused for diversity. Even that number was likely low because it was only based on students who are solely bused for diversity and not when it's one of the factors.
Of those 7,196 students, Wake had said that 4,743 were bused more than five miles for diversity.
Since 2005, Wake has been more aggressive about using the comparability factor to try to keep the demographics at schools balanced. This had led to even more students being reassigned for that reason.
If you look at the property field for the Word document, the author is Mark Dorosin, senior attorney in the UNC Center for Civil Rights. Dorosin was one of the speakers at the Jan. 10 forum called by the state NAACP to warn about the new board's actions.