John Hood is accusing opponents of the Wake County school board majority of making up facts to stir up liberal support in political elections.
In a column today, Hood, president of the conservative John Locke Foundation, writes that "the obstructionists will seek to use the Wake busing case as a means of mobilizing liberal donors and voters for the 2010 election cycle." He writes that "such a use doesn’t require that their various allegations bear any relationship to reality."
Hood proceeds to give his own version of a frequently asked questions list.
Hood writes it's true about Wake being "a leader in forced busing."
But Hood writes that Wake isn't a leader in helping poor and minority students succeed. He cites last week's Locke Foundation analysis of 2010 state test scores indicating that other urban districts showed greater gains than Wake.
Hood also writes categorically that Wake is not about to resegregate its schools. He cites the argument frequently made by supporters of the board majority that de jure segregation of public schools is no longer allowed.
"Fundamentally, it is the Left that wishes to assign students to schools according to skin color or family income," Hood writes. "The rest of us, the vast majority of citizens of all backgrounds, want to focus attention on the needs of individual students and the preferences of individual parents."
In the last Q&A topic, Hood writes that choice-based assignment being envisioned for Wake is not new. He writes that "the choice plan now being developed by the board is similar to plans already implemented in Forsyth, Mecklenburg, and other school districts."
School board member John Tedesco has repeatedly tried to separate what Wake may do from what was implemented in Charlotte. He's been more willing to embrace the Forsyth model, trying to bring in school administrators from there to talk about their plan.