The Rev. William Barber, head of the state NAACP, has laid out the group's prescription for improving student performance and why it says socioeconomic diversity must be supported.
During Monday's mass meeting, Barber listed "what it takes to have a high quality, constitutional school." Those things, presented the day before the Wake County school board eliminated diversity from the student assignment policy, are:
* Stop resegregation
* Equity in funding
* Smaller classrooms
* A focus on math, science, reading and history
* High quality teachers
* Parental involvement
* Eliminating inequalities in suspensions, graduations and academic performance
The group also listed what it called its "seven compelling reasons why we must stop re-segregation and support socio-economic diversity."
* It is the law.
* It promotes academic achievement.
* It benefits overall school ecology by promoting a culture of success.
* It is more economical.
* It results in higher levels of parental involvement.
* It teaches children the skills necessary to succeed in a global economy.
* It benefits our most at-risk students.
Click here for this handout from the meeting for more info.
Barber said he would have presented this information, along with a history lesson on school segregation and integration in North Carolina, if he had been given his 45 minutes at a school board meeting.
Some of this info did make it into Tuesday's board meeting. School board member Keith Sutton, who had attended the mass meeting, recited some of the info Tuesday.
(I won't return from vacation until June 3. I've written some posts that will run over the next couple of weeks, but I won't be checking the site until I return.)