The Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP, is cheering the outcome of the Wake County school board election results.
"While there is still some more voting to be done in the days to come, tonight we believe, marks a major step forward on the Highway of Justice and Love," Barber said in a statement released this morning. "Children of all colors, we pray, can once again feel welcome in their schools and at their School Board."
Barber said he hopes the election results "marks the beginning of a tune up on the Public Education engine, making sure that the new commitment to ending the school-to-prison pipeline remains strong and at the same time moving toward the Gold Standard Plan student assignment plan which will build upon the great and noted success of Wake County rather than destroy the progress we had made."
Barber also took aim at the campaign mailers that Wake County school board chairman Ron Margiotta sent linking him to candidate Susan Evans.
"We noted with disgust and dismay, that the Margiotta/Tedesco/Pope group of ideologues condoned the use of racist mailers and internet images, one featuring an unflattering photo of me with Mr. Margiotta's opponent," Barber said. "Those who used racist propaganda and dirty tricks seem to have forgotten that the education of our children is a sacred thing — our teachers are sacred, our schools are sacred and our school leaders have a sacred duty to be responsible for all our children. Tonight we thank God the people didn't forget.