The coalition says they're "examining whether proposals by the new Board of Education will lead to even more widespread student reassignments, re-segregation of some of Wake's schools, fewer school choices for parents and students, and strained finances for the district and county."
"We are concerned that the policies of the current Board of Education will result in far more reassignment than any previous Board," said Yevonne Brannon, chair of the Board of Directors of WakeUP Wake County, the group spearheading the coalition. "Coalition members also are concerned that the Board has proposed changes in assignment without fully assessing capacity, economic or tax implications, or the impact on student learning and stability.
The coalition also says it "will examine how proposals of the new BOE might affect the economic growth of Wake County and our ability to attract new business; how these changes would impact taxes needed for additional space, and what impact the changes would have on student learning and stability."
The press release says that the coalition "brings together a broad group of Wake residents who wish to advocate for all students in the public school system and educate parents, taxpayers, and residents about public school policy and initiatives."
But none of the organizations listed in the press release would be considered politically conservative. For instance, coalition members include the N.C. Justice Center, N.C. Policy Watch, N.C. Social Justice Project and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh's Social Action Committee.