As noted in today's article by Thomas Goldsmith, Peyton's position against the old diversity policy puts her at odds against those like Barber, president of the state NAACP. Peyton has stood against much of the African American leadership in Southeast Raleigh for years.
“It gets painful being out there all by yourself,” Peyton said. “It’s hard saying, ‘Mr. Barber, you are wrong!’”
In contrast, Sutton makes the case that putting exceptional resources into low-achieving schools won’t hold up over the long haul. He favors a policy that would prevent any school from having large numbers of students with a high likelihood of having academic difficulties.
“It would make it easier on the resources, not having to pay teachers a premium, if the student population were more equitably distributed,” Sutton said. “You don’t have these schools that are haves and have-nots, so you can operate them more efficiently.”
Due to the steep campaign funding disparity, Peyton is limited in what she can do to get her campaign message out. She’s relying on broadcast and print interviews, lots of door-to-door “retail” politicking, her blog and other social and electronic media to get her message out.