A group of 20 N.C. State professors is urging the new Wake County school board majority not to scrap the diversity policy.
In an op-piece published today, the professors say Wake's diversity policy has benefitted both the school system and N.C. State. They warn that scrapping the policy will harm the community "for decades to come."
"Many of us have children or grandchildren in the Wake County Public School System," according to the authors of the piece. "We urge the new Wake County Board of Education to recognize the foundational importance of the diversity policy to the success of Wake County schools."
The op-ed does do a bit of mixing apples with oranges when it talks about the funding disparities between Wake and Charlotte-Mecklenburg. It warns that making up the $478 per pupil spending difference between the two districts would cost Wake $68 million.
But the authors got that number by looking at the total per pupil spending for both districts, which includes local, state and federal dollars. If you look at the local dollars, which are what taxpayers would most notice, the gap is less.
Looking at the latest state report card, Charlotte's local per-pupil amount is $2,533.90. That same report for Wake shows the district's local per-pupil amount is $2,456.76. Making up the difference would cost about $10.8 million.