What's the best course of action to take if you're a supporter of the diversity policy after Tuesday's night Wake County school board vote?
As noted in today's article, some groups are vowing to fight the new board majority's every step over the next nine to 15 months as the community assignment zones are developed. But others are taking a more conciliatory tone.
Yevonne Brannon, chairwoman of the Great Schools in Wake Coalition, said they're going to vet everything the board does and point out problems to the public. She doesn't think the majority will be able to implement the new model.
"At some point, reality is going to set in," Brannon said. "It's one thing to have a notion. It's quite another to put your vision into action."
She predicted the public opposition to the board's actions will increase to the point that "the community won't let the board's vote stand."
The Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP, also said the group will still be looking to block the abandonment of the diversity policy.
"They've said it will take nine to 15 months," Barber said. "We will be there every step of the way. When we feel they're stepping out of bounds, we'll address it."
The Raleigh-Wake Citizens Association, which is a member of the Great Schools in Wake Coalition, is being more conciliatory.
RWCA President Dan Coleman said the board vote "hopefully presents all of us an opportunity to strengthen all of our families and communities as we move forward together.”
“The RWCA stands ready willing and able to work with our Board of Education in crafting a new assignment policy that causes all communities to be high functioning and engaged communities,” Coleman said.