When it comes time to make a decision, will Southeast Raleigh families still continue to go to suburban schools or opt to stay in their neighborhoods?
As noted in today's article, the Southeast Raleigh families have traditionally been silent when it comes to participating in Wake County's student assignment process. That was shown again Thursday at Southeast Raleigh High when only 30 people showed up at the latest student assignment public meeting.
A lot could depend on what Southeast Raleigh families think about the old diversity policy.
For instance, former school board candidate Rita Rakestraw said at Tuesday's public comment session that she had heard the school board members seem to be worried about the ride times for Southeast Raleigh students.
Rakestraw proceeded to say that former school board member Lori Millberg told her that she hadn't received a single phone call during her time on the board from a Southeast Raleigh parent complaining about being bused to the suburbs.
“Many of these parents are happy with their children being bused out there because they’re getting out of drug-infested neighborhoods with gangs,” Rakestraw said to board members.
Rakestraw said the diversity policy made it possible for Southeast Raleigh students to attend high-achieving schools.
Rakestraw questioned who would choose under the new choice plan to go to high-poverty schools such as Barwell Road Elementary and Hodge Road Elementary. She said the schools would lead to teacher and principal burnout and low parental participation.
On the flip side, critics of the old diversity policy have argued it hurt Southeast Raleigh families because it made it hard for them to go to their children's schools.
The answer of who is right could come in a few months, assuming the new choice-based plan is adopted, when Southeast Raleigh families make their choices.
Click here for a post today from Joey Stansbury of the conservative Wake Community Network in which he calls Rakestraw's remarks "offensive."