Rick Martinez and Donna Martinez are calling the Wake County school board election results a rejection of education reform and another reason for minority parents to pull their children from the school system.
On their show this morning on WPTF, both conservative talk show hosts said giving back Democrats control of the Wake school board means a return to policies that resulted in low graduation rates for black, Hispanic and low-income students.
"That is what Wake County has voted for, and I think you get what you vote for," said Donna Martinez.
Rick Martinez said parents of black and Hispanic students should leave the school system because the "vaunted diversity program" has failed them.
"As I've always told minority parents, if you have the ability to get your kid out of the public school system, do it," Rick Martinez said. "Because it is not serving the needs of African-American or Hispanic students. And If you have the ability to get your kid into a private school or a high-performing charter school, do it because the public schools have failed when it comes to Hispanic and African American students, and they're failing in Wake County."
Donna Martinez said the overturning of the Republican majority was "a power shift back to liberal Democratic control of the Wake County school board."
"It appears that Wake County voters want to go back to the way it was when nobody was arguing and everybody was getting along and basically poor and African American kids and Hispanic kids were failing," added Rick Martinez.
Also during the show, Rick Martinez compared what happened in Wake to the defeat of Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty that led to Michelle Rhee resigning as schools chancellor. He said in both cases the reformers were stopped.
"The reformers have been booted out of office," added Donna Martinez. "We're going back to policies and views and people who brought us these results: the four-year graduation results for blacks, Hispanics and economically disadvantaged, that would be poor kids, in Wake County Public Schools folks are below the statewide average, below.
Wake County for all of the rhetoric about it being a world-class system, it works well for some kids but not for blacks, Hispanics or the poor, and that's what Wake County has voted to go back to."