The efforts to portray next month's Wake County school board election runoff as a battle of neighborhood schools vs. busing for diversity is well under way.
In today's Daily Journal by the conservative Wake Community Network blog, Joey Stansbury focuses on statements made by school board member Kevin Hill and newly elected school board member Susan Evans about the need for a stronger student achievement component in the student assignment plan.
Stansbury cites Hill saying in his campaign profile for WRAL that "To help balance percentages of high- and low-achieving students, and to maintain our current magnet program, students may have to attend their second or third closest school."
"So what Kevin Hill is saying is that if neighborhood schools under the new assignment plan can't accomodate diversity then proximity, rated first by parents, must be sacrificed on the forced busing altar. He 'can't negotiate' on forced busing?" Stansbury writes.
Stansbury also cites a Holly Springs Sun article in which Evans says that "I believe that the efforts that Wake school leaders have made in the past to assure that all students in Wake County be assigned to schools with balanced populations, offering good opportunities for all, was very worthwhile.”
"You'll notice both of them using the catch words 'student achievement,'" Stansbury wrties. "Don't be fooled. Student achievement in the new assignment plan is the new diversity component. 'Student achievement is the new diversity. Once again busing makes a poor child smarter. Here we go again.
You'll also here that no one wants to go back to the old 6200 diversity busing policy. That's correct. They'll just repackage it in the new assignment plan. Of course that all depends on what happens November 8."