The Wake County school board majority is getting some online love to counter opposition from backers of the old diversity policy.
Local conservative activist Judy Keener started Monday an online "petition of appreciation" for the school board that thanks them for putting up with "relentless and unfair attacks & pressure." Among other things, the petition thanks the board for "keeping your word," "providing ALL FAMILIES choice in education,” "recognizing the importance of FAMILIES” and "willingness to abandon failed policies and practices.”
"Please keep up the good work," according to the petition. "Do not get discouraged. Remember that we support you and are deeply grateful."
Since Monday, 242 signatures have been collected. The names show on the list show a number of supporters of the board majority, including WCTA President Russell Capps, SEANC President Dana Cope, Jennifer Mansfield of the Wake Schools Community Alliance and Allison Backhouse of Wake CARES.
Cope wrote that he was applauding the board for "standing up for the rights of all children in Wake County" and "doing away with an outdated policy that was harmful to our low performing students by busing them away from their communities in order to conceal their low test scores."
"You truly have the higher moral ground and I applaud your bold leadership," wrote Cope, who backed the new board members and later saw his neighborhood reassigned back to Lacy Elementary. "Finally, elected officials who do what they say after election."
The petition website originally mistakenly listed the Wake County Taxpayers Association as being the creator. It was created by Judy Keener. The WCTA is only encouraging people to sign the petition.