The state NAACP is joining the Great Schools in Wake Coalition in calling for a delay in implementation of Wake County's new student assignment plan.
In today's open letter, the NAACP says "we believe it is in the best interest of all children of Wake County to delay implementation." The NAACP says there are too many unanswered questions to implement the plan for the 2012-13 school year.
"We encourage the school board to proceed in implementing a new student assignment plan only once they have the data and a clear program to ensure they are making the very best decision," according to the open letter. "We believe thoughtful people who put all our children first and who want high-quality, constitutional, well-funded, diverse education for every child -- as opposed to those driven by ideological agendas and partisan politics -- can always find common ground."
The letter was co-signed by the Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP; and Timothy Tyson, education chair of the state NAACP.