There's no word yet whether new Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata will accept the state NAACP's request to meet with him.
In an open letter Wednesday, the Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP, says the group desires to meet with Tata "as soon as possible." The letter alternates from talking about how the NAACP can help Wake to warning about how it will continue to fight the school district over the elimination of the diversity policy.
“We trust we can establish a strong working relationship as we address the critical problems many children in the Wake County Schools face," Barber writes.
During the letter, Barber reminds Tata that the NAACP is monitoring both the AdvancED and U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights investigations that originated from NAACP complaints.
Barber says the NAACP can help with initiatives such as improving student achievement and graduation rates and stopping the school-to-prison pipelines. But he also says they "will use every means possible to stop and reverse actions that would dismantle Wake's nationally-recognized SES diversity policy."
"We are aware that how we work together and how we struggle against each other on basic policy disagreements will be watched carefully by all, including our children," Barber writes.
The school system received the letter via fax late Wednesday afternoon. Michael Evans, Wake's chief communications officer, said Tata hasn't yet had a chance to read the letter and respond.