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Raleigh City Council passes resolution critical of school board

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The Raleigh City Council unanimously passed today the resolution that criticizes the Wake County school board's ending of the socioeconomic diversity policy.

The council members agreed to the resolution that expresses "concern over any attempt to resegregate Wake’s public schools by either race or socioeconomic status.” County commissioners had approved it Monday by a 4-3 vote with all four Democrats in support.

“We need to do anything in our power to stop the school board,” Mayor Charles Meeker said at today's council meeting.

Meeker's wife Anne McLaurin serves on the school board and was in the minority on the board who opposed the move to neighborhood schools.

The six Democrats on the Raleigh City Council were joined by Republican John Odom and Bonner Gaylord, who is unaffiliated.

Odom said he backed the resolution because he wants to ensure that schools in Raleigh are diverse.

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So the Raleigh City Council

So the Raleigh City Council -- led by Meeker -- has vowed to fight against the school board and return to the failure and discriminatory practices of the status quo. Brilliant! Et tu, Odom? Time for a complete overhaul.

What gives?

I thought the mayors had a meeting recently and pledged to be supportive in whatever ways they could to the school system. Are we to ascertain that Mayor Meeker will only fund schools for the students in his area when the board suits his liking? And the comment "We need to do anything in our power to stop the school board" seems quite desperate (he may be sleeping on the couch tonight--you just made your spouses job a little more difficult). BTW, I hope the next time you write an article you refer to Mayor Meeker as "McLaurin's husband" serves as Mayor of Raleigh--seems equitable. Also, in the on-line article Mr. Odom makes reference to subdivisions not attending the same school as if it was some peculiar thing, happens allllllll the time. Is his perception really that off--that is a major disconnect as there are many subdivisions that are divided into different schools in Western Wake.

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T. Keung Hui covers Wake schools.
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