The deal to house the Wake County school system's two new single-sex leadership academies at William Peace University fell apart in a matter of days this week.
As noted in today's article, the turning point came during Tuesday's school board meeting. The lobbying from Peace alumnae and students against the deal culminated in a lengthy closed-session board discussion that resulted in new questions for Peace that the university decided not to answer.
Peace's response was the terse statement saying it was walking away "due to the division and controversy on the Wake County Public School System board."
Miriam Dorsey, one of the alumna fighting the deal, said the school board shouldn't be blamed for Peace walking away.
"The reality is the (school) board could not find the answer to many, many questions," she said.
Dorsey said at least five school board members had agreed with the alumnae that the move to Peace "was not the best thing to do." She said the panel’s five Democrats were more likely to speak out on the issue.
Democratic school board member Christine Kushner declined to respond to Peace's allegations of "division and controversy on the" school board.
"My focus is on the 300 students who will be at the leadership academies," Kushner said. "We will keep going forward with the leadership academies. Many parents want single gender and the leadership theme."
Here's a press release issued today by the Peace alumnae who've hired a PR firm in their figth against the new administration:
April 13, 2012
Subject: We Won Round One!
We made ourselves heard. Our calls, emails and visits to Wake County school board members paid off. Yesterday, William Peace University backed out of a proposed deal to house single-sex leadership high schools on campus. Peace’s decision apparently caught the school board by surprise. See below to view the news coverage.
We’re just getting started. This fiasco points to the fundamental problems under Peace’s new leadership.
Just as we can’t get straight answers and reliable information from the new administration, school board members couldn’t get straight answers and reliable information about the school deal. So the deal sank.
We’ll continue asking questions about what is happening at Peace. We will continue to seek honesty, openness and transparency – not hostility, secrecy and stone-walling.
We’re setting up a new website – www.protectpeacecollege.com – to keep Peace alumnae and friends informed. It’s still under construction. But visit it today and sign up for email alerts.