Both the Great Schools in Wake Coalition and the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children came out with press releases last week criticizing the Wake County school board majority's actions.
In the GSIW press release, the group cites a statement released last week by a group of local and national researchers such as Richard Kahlenberg of the liberal Century Foundation and Gary Orfield, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. The researchers urge the school board to reconsider its decision to abandon the diversity policy.
"We stand with the many parents, students, teachers, civil rights activists, faith leaders, and members of the business community in Wake County who oppose the school board's decision," according to the statement from the researchers. "In the coming months, we offer our support and expertise to the district as it considers how to pursue high-quality, diverse schools that will prepare all of its students to be productive members of what we hope will be a more integrated Wake County and nation.
In the CCCAAC press release, the group blasts the board majority's recommended student assignment changes for this fall. The CCCAAC says the board majority "continues to show their efforts to promote racial and economic divide among our students, and community."