The Great Schools in Wake Coalition is telling its members they need to continue to fight against the Wake County school board redistricting bill because "we must stop this interference in local representation."
In action alert dated Monday, GSIW asks people to contact Wake County House members to let them know they oppose Senate Bill 325. The bill, which passed the state Senate, is awaiting discussion in the state House elections committee.
GSIW offers talking points to use, including how "redrawing lines that racially polarize the community does harm to our county." They suggest mirroring locally a bill proposed in the General Assembly that would create a nonpartisan redistricting process for state legislative seats.
In a case of hairsplitting, GSIW challenges the notion made by Sen. Neal Hunt that it would increase voter representation, particularly in cases where a parent might currently not be able to vote for the board member who represents their child's school.
"The bill does not increase representation for voters, with its two proposed at-large districts," according to GSIW. "In fact, the chance that children won’t attend a school in the district where their family lives increases."
On their first point, the bill would let you vote for two school board seats. That's up from the one seat you can now vote on.
On the second point, the new lines are so non-compact that it's possible your child wouldn't go to school in either of the two seats you'd vote on.