N.C. HEAT says the recent election results show that "the people of Wake County spoke loud and clear that the political nature of the Wake County Board of Education would no longer be tolerated."
In a press release Monday, the liberal youth advocacy group says that to move Wake County forward the new school board majority should work "to create schools that are diverse in nature and allow for all students to learn and grow from such diversity."
The group says "the following actions are essential to creating equitable education for all students:
The Wake County Board of Education must take a proactive role in efforts to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. There are clear discrepancies with the handling of discipline matters from school to school. We cannot expect our education system to be successful if injustice exists in matters of student discipline.
It is imperative that the new Board actively works together toward eliminating the graduation gaps seen between different races.
The Board should request appropriate funding from the county commissioners. When our schools’ leaders refuse to ask for increased funding in order to obtain more resources in the classrooms, they are disregarding the needs of the very students they were elected to represent."