The arrests and protests at the last Wake County school board meeting has led to a whole new wave of national media coverage.
On Thursday, CNN interviewed both school board member John Tedesco and the Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP. Both men were also interviewed for a story that ran Saturday on ABC News.
Barber accused the school board majority of trying to resegregate the school system by eliminating the diversity policy. But Tedesco argued that Wake is already diverse and integrated as he criticized the diversity policy..
In the CNN interview, Tedesco cited how the number of schools exceeding the 40 percent free-and-reduce-price lunch goal has gone up since the policy was implemented in 2000.
"I think it had good intentions - actually created more segregation in an integrated community like Raleigh," Tedesco told CNN.
Barber says those aren't the facts that people should be talking about.
"Wherever we try to use selected real estate zones rather than solid research to assign students, we end up we resegregation, from Los Angeles to New York to Pittsburgh, to Mississippi, to right here in North Carolina," Barber said. "And it creates pockets of poverty and misery, and we know that resegregated schools are the enemy of school excellence. Diversity is the friend to school excellence."
In the war of statistics, Barber cited the test score gains for minority students earlier last decade and the school district's as the crow flies school distance study. Tedesco responds back with the graduation rate for low-income students.
Many of those same themes are played out in the ABC News report.
For ABC, Tedesco touts Wake's diversity while also acknowledging the economic differences in the county.
"There may be parts of America where we need to encourage and really push higher levels of integration as best as possible. It's just not Wake County," Tedesco said."
"This is a huge county, 850 square miles. There are parts on the eastern side that are challenged economically, and there are parts on the western side that are affluent, but you just can't do it logistically, because of the size of the county, bus out the inequities," Tedesco said.
Click here to find both the video and the much longer online ABC News article.