Since some of you guys have concerns about there being too many posts, I'm consolidating into one post by alphabetical order the takes on Tuesday's Wake County school board vote by Chris Fitzsimon, Bob Geary and John Hood.
In a column today, Fitzsimon, executive director of the liberal N.C. Policy Watch, calls the adoption on first reading of the community schools assignment resolution as a "vote for resegregation." He writes that the board majority showed a "refusal to thoughtfully consider the ramifications of their decisions."
"The members of Gang of Five made it clear again Tuesday night that they will let nothing stand in the way of their rigid right-wing resegregationist march, regardless of what it does to our students or our community," Fitzsimon writes.
Geary says the new board majority is taking the approach they can "just ram it through and the hell with anybody who doesn’t like it." It ties into his front-page cover story in this week's Indy with the colorful title of "Wake County goes to hell."
In a column today, John Hood, president of the conservative John Locke Foundation, writes that "the new school board majority is following through on its campaign promises." He wrties that critics "need to settle down, grow up, do their homework, and get back to business."
Hood notes how Charlotte-Mecklenburg's low-income students outperform their Wake peers on some state exams.
"I'd close by speculating that these critics’ real purpose in continuing to defend the indefensible must be to sacrifice the interests of Wake County students on the altar of their own political agenda, but that would be stooping to their level," Hood writes. "Instead, I’ll assume that they do genuinely care about educational progress and are just misguided.