The elimination of the Wake County's socioeconomic diversity policy is the central theme in this fall's battle for control of the Wake County Board of Commissioners.
As noted in today's article by Thomas Goldsmith, incumbent Democratic Commissioner Lindy Brown and Republican challenger Phil Matthews hold sharp differences about the elimination of the diveisity policy. Similiar party splits are playing out in the other three races on the ballot.
Brown said she's concerned that the school board's direction will result in schools with disproportionate numbers of low-income and minority children.
"The majority of my constituents are very upset with the school board," Brown said. "I'm hearing they would prefer the school board to compromise and not jump the gun on issues."
Matthews says he's willing to pay teachers more to work in schools with high concentrations of low-income and minority students so as to give those kids equal quality teachers and equal facilities.
Overall, Matthews says the public should give the school board majority a chance to do what they were elected to do.
"I believe in neighborhood schools," Matthews said. "I believe we'll give our kids a chance at a better education. We'll see the parents getting more involved."
(I've been sick for the past few days so I've been slow in answering your questions. I'll try to get caught up over the course of the day.)