How long will it be before the Democratic majority on the Wake County school board revisits and revises the student assignment policy to include wording on diversity?
As noted in this Carolinian article by Cash Michaels, school board vice chairman Keith Sutton told the audience at last week's Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children meeting that the new majority will go back and look at Policy 6200. This comes after the former Republican majority removed wording about socioeconomic diversity from the policy.
"Long-term, there will be an effort by this board to go back and look at Policy 6200…,” Sutton said in the article, adding, “…and see how we can address not just issues of diversity, but looking at how we can balance and strengthen the policy by looking at specific targets with regard to not only the magnet populations, but also racial compositions and student achievement as well, and see how we can balance that."
"I firmly believe that there is a way, and if it can be done it would be in Wake County, where we can look at stability - which is important to a lot of families - proximity, and student achievement/diversity as well,” Sutton continued.
“If it can be done, it can be done here in Wake County. Over the next few weeks, and into the future, we’ll be taking a look at that…to begin looking at how we can do that.”
Michaels writes that "there is no question that if the Democrat-majority Wake School Board were to revisit changing Policy 6200 again so that it once again reflected diversity as an equal standard with stability, proximity and academic achievement, that the Republican-minority, led by former board Vice Chair Debra Goldman, would howl."