John Hood is trumpeting how Wayne County's low-income students are doing better than their peers in Wake County.
In a Monday column, John Hood, president of the conservative John Locke Foundation, questions how the state NAACP can take action against Wayne County while threatening to take similar action against Wake. He notes how Wake, which has been using the diversity policy praised by the NAACP, is doing worse among its disadvantaged students.
"By virtually every measure, Wayne County matches or outperforms Wake County when it comes to student achievement among the disadvantaged," Hood writes.
He notes how 49 percent of Wayne County's low-income students passed both the state math and reading exams compared to 44 percent in Wake. Wayne County's black students are doing slightly better at 45.5 percent compared to 45.2 percent in Wake.
On high school end-of-course tests, Hood notes that the passing rate for Wayne County's low-income students is 60.4 percent. It's 58.5 percent in Wake. He does concede that black Wake high school students are doing slightly better than in Wayne County.
"Intent on using the Wayne litigation as a shot across the bows to the new conservative majority on the Wake school board, the Left has again advanced a foolish and contradictory position," Hood writes."The guiding philosophy seems to be something like this: never let the facts get in the way of a good photo op."