It looks like you're out of luck if you were hoping that the new Wake County school board majority would quickly blow up the diversity policy.
As noted in today's article, it's still the intention of the new majority to change the student assignment policy to move toward neighborhood schools/community schools. But Debra Goldman, chairwoman of the policy committee, said it's going to be a process that will take several meetings to produce changes in Policy 6200.
"This is the beginning of the discussion,” Goldman said at Wednesday's policy committee meeting. “This is not a discussion that’s going to be wrapped up in one or two meetings.”
Goldman is still sensitive to the perception that the new majority was trying to rush through the changes at the Dec. 1 meeting. As you may recall, members of the public and the board minority complained at the meeting that the assignment policy revision was introduced at the table without advance notice.
The board could have given the policy change initial approval on Dec. 1 with a second and final vote on Dec. 15. To slow things down, school board member Keith Sutton had suggested sending the changes to the policy committee.
Initially, the majority voted 5-4 against Sutton's request. But after a brief recess, a revote resulted in a unanimous decision to send it to the policy committee.
Goldman said she considers the draft policy to be just that, a draft. She said she wants to see whether they can work out any changes that might avoid making it a 5-4 vote.
School board member Anne McLaurin said Wednesday that there's no way she can support the proposed assignment policy revisions without some changes.
Goldman reiterated that she's against "social engineering" and doesn't think the student assignment policy is the vehicle to use to promote diversity.