The Wake County school board majority's abandonment of the socioeconomic diversity policy has now received the national scorn of Marian Wright Edelman, president of the liberal Children's Defense Fund.
In a blog post Friday, Edelman cites the actions in Wake and in New Hanover County schools as signs of the nation's "dangerous drift back toward segregated schools." She said the actions of both school districts are part of a "very disturbing trend across the country."
"The sad truth is that the dream Dr. King rightly considered one of the greatest victories of the Civil Rights Movement - the desegregation of our nation's schools-is unraveling before our eyes," Edelman writes.
Edelman notes how Wake's diversity model was "lauded as another method of achieving diversity without concentrating children in racially isolated, high-poverty schools." But she said "the recent school board decision there shows, even those successful measures are now under attack."