County Commissioner Stan Norwalk says this fall's school board elections "will test the cohesiveness of the Wake Community."
In a paper in which Norwalk is stressing he's speaking just for himself, Norwalk is warning of dire consequences should supporters of neighborhood schools prevail. He's warning it could lead to higher taxes and a negative impact on economic development in Southeast Raleigh and Eastern Wake.
Norwalk's paper, highlighting what's happened in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, says that parental choice and neighborhood schools are a “I win-you lose” proposition.
Norwalk said that neighborhood schools "are likely to precipitate 'middle-class flight' either to higher income areas or out of public schools." He adds that middle class flight is likely to reduce demand and the value of homes and economic development in the lower income areas of Wake.
Norwalk warns that neighborhood schools "will tear apart the community fabric of Wake County."
Growth would then concentrate in the higher income areas of the county.
Norwalk says the resulting two-class school system would require raising property taxes to provide additional resources for the higher poverty schools.
Click here to read his paper.