The fourth speaker presented a paper with the colorful title of "To Turn Back Would Be a Huge Mistake": Race, Class and Student Assignment in Wake County Public Schools."
Sheneka Williams, an assistant professor at the University of Georgia and co-author of the paper, said the title wasn't meant to show their opinion. She said they simply found a good quote from a Wake person and thought it would be an intriguing title.
Key findings included:
* Some "key stakeholders" do not believe the diversity policy has netted clear achievement gains for disadvantaged students.
* The need for the diversity policy was "muddled" in the minds of the public as the community will was diminishing.
* Implementation of the policy is challenged by rapid growth, newcomers who view the current plan as a nuisance and the influx of free lunch students into Wake.
Additionally, while segregation by race is increasing slowly, segregation by socioeconomic status shows a strong increase.