Considering how much supporters of the diversity policy made Charlotte-Meckkenburg schools a boogeyman during the school board campaign, the new board members arguably are having the last laugh now.
"We're not saying that Charlotte is the right way, but the fact that they're doing better than us shows how poorly we've been doing," said new school board member John Tedesco in the article.
Tedesco reiterated that he wants to find a new way of educating students that's better than the Charlotte way or the Wake way.
During the campaign, diversity policy supporters frequently warned that the other side would turn Wake into a failing school system like Charlotte.
School board member Keith Sutton conceded that Charlotte may be doing a better job of educating its disadvantaged students than Wake.
For instance, Sutton said that some low-income students might be "slipping through the cracks" at non-Title I schools. Wake only uses Title I funding at elementary schools where at least 35 percent of the students receive federally subsidized lunches.
But Sutton said going to neighborhood schools is not the answer to improving the performance of Wake's black and low-income students.
"I don't think the system is broken," Sutton said in the article. "Can it be tweaked? Sure."
The counter response is that Charlotte spends more per student than Wake.
Tedesco said there are creative ways that Wake can do more without necessarily spending additional money. For instance, he said they could retask some high school guidance counselors to work with targeted groups of at-risk students,