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Reassignment and minority families

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Why haven't black and Hispanic families been vocal about the new student reassignment plan?

As noted in today's article, it depends on whom you ask. Is it a case of minority families being satisfied with the plan? Or do they not know about the plan or feel intimidated about speaking out?

"We need to keep schools healthy so we'll acede to the assignment proposal," said Calla Wright, president of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children.

Rosa Gill, chairwoman of the school board, also thinks the relative silence from the minority community indicates support for the plan.

But you get a sharp disagreement from other people.

Venita Peyton and Lonnette Williams, chairwoman of the Central Raleigh Citizens Advisory Council, say a lot of minority parents, especially low-income ones, don't know about the plan.

Wake no longer sends notices to parents warning that their specific node is in the reassignment plan. All they get is a pamphlet saying their school is in the plan and they might be affected.

Parents need to go online to see if they are in the plan.

"Everyone doesn't have access to the Internet," Peyton said.

Williams said Wake needs to do more to notify minority families. For instance, she proposed enlisting the help of the Raleigh Housing Authority.

But Wright and Gill contend that there's been so much media coverage of the reassignment plan that parents have known to check if they're impacted.

Williams counters that parents in her neighborhood (near Shaw University) didn't know they're proposed for reassignment from Daniels Middle to Davis Drive Middle and from Broughton High to Green Hope High.


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"Rosa Gill, chairwoman of

"Rosa Gill, chairwoman of the school board, also thinks the relative silence from the minority community indicates support for the plan."


Or maybe they're tired of banging their heads on the wall.

WCPSS was able to force a year-round calendar on a handful of low-income nodes for years. No one heard any complaints. Yet, when WakeCARES won the right to a traditional calendar seat, 65% of those who opted-out of their year-round assignment were low-income families. It is typical of WCPSS to think they know better and for CCAACC to rubberstamp it.



Has Gill ever asked any,

Has Gill ever asked any, except a specially picked few, how they feel about this?

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T. Keung Hui covers Wake schools.