Supporters of Wake County's old school diversity policy took over Wednesday night's reassignment public hearing at Southeast Raleigh.
As noted in today's article by Ray Martin, most of the speakers focused on criticizing the board for eliminating the diversity policy instead of on the specifics of the 2011-12 student reassignment plan.
Speakers included some familiar names from school board meetings and a group of people organized by the YWCA of the Greater Triangle, one of the major backers of the Wake Education Advocates and the Great Schools in Wake Coalition.
"It's like you don't even care," said Sam Haney, whose 5-year-old son attends Creech Road Elementary School in Garner. "You should never put anything ahead of the kids."
The recent Stephen Colbert segment on "disintegration" was brought up by speakers and echoed in signs and buttons saying no to school disintegration.
"Colbert was not making a joke; he was making a point," said Dorothy Thompson, a former teacher.
Whether this pattern carries over to tonight's hearing at Garner High or Monday's hearing at Cary High remains to be seen.