Chris Fitzsimon is calling the Wake County school board policy committee's decision Wednesday not to recommend the proposed student assignment policy changes "a small, but important move in the right direction."
In a column today, Fitzsimon, executive director of the liberal N.C. Policy Watch, praises board member Debra Goldman for not seconding Chris Malone's motion. But he says his optimism is tempered by the "glaring omission" from Wednesday's discussion about how 94.5 percent of the parents in the calendar survey said they're satisfied with their child's school.
"That fact alone ought to give every member of the Gang of Five pause, but even Goldman continues to ignore it, at point Wednesday asking why the board should keep the diversity policy in place when 'so many people are so unhappy,'" Fitzsimon writes.
Fitzsimon chides board member John Tedesco for comparing the school system to troubled automaker Toyota.
"Wednesday he said it was like Toyota, which doesn't fit either unless maybe he meant the board's new majority is like the carmaker, with its ideological accelerator stuck, endangering the well-being of the school system and the 140,000 students in it," Fitzsimon writes.
"Dallas Woodhouse of Americans for the Prosperous described it as a nightmare that people have seen before, where school board members don't do what they promised during the campaigns," Fitsimon writes. "The real nightmare is a school board majority that rejects any thoughtful debate or consideration of any evidence that contradicts the rigid right-wing dogma that would dismantle public schools and set Wake County back 40 years."