Wake County school board member Chris Malone is firing back at the "54.2 percent club," the name he uses to label the opponents of the new board majority's efforts to end the socioeconomic diversity policy.
In a statement released today, Malone says the 22 former school board members at last month's press conference and all the other critics "were nowhere to be found" when test scores and graduation rates dropped. He said efforts to blame the declines on lack of resources is "to blame those they are trying to help and other governmental bodies."
"To put it succinctly, they are relinquishing their responsibility, denying their legacy, calling us names, and boldly declaring our guilt!" Malone writes. "Man I have to get me some of that kool aid they are drinking! Their audacity is astounding."
Here's Malone's statement:
There the Wake County School Board's predecessors stood; their pedigrees duly trumpeted by what media showed up. They read a two page statement which was described by one journalist as a diplomatic statement. Just before they attacked us. They, like the Greater Wake Schools and so many other organizations, have just since November crawled out of the woodwork with self-anointed nobility to tell everyone in the county whom they disagree with how wrong we all are. So let’s strip this nonsense bare, shall we?
Many of these groups were nowhere to be found while part of the student population was slipping from excellence to mediocrity to dropping out of school. Nobody protested in black shirts, or threatened to sue that a segment of society was receiving an unjust, unequal and generally sub-par education. These ex-school board members hid these children in “healthy schools” and declared themselves successful. They need to be held accountable by the same standards they are trying to apply to this nascent board. They are the architects of a system that allowed the decline of educational achievement for so many of the socio-economically disadvantaged. Call it the 54.2 percent club and let's name them to the steering committee. Their response to shrug off their own culpability by stating it’s a "national trend" and that they weren’t given enough "resources" is to blame those they are trying to help and other governmental bodies. To put it succinctly, they are relinquishing their responsibility, denying their legacy, calling us names, and boldly declaring our guilt! Man I have to get me some of that kool aid they are drinking! Their audacity is astounding. William Blake's quote “the road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom". I think their excess has lead us down a hard road. Humility in place of hubris on their behalf might lend itself to a community coming together, hopefully this time they can make the grade.