It looks like the world will hear about what's happening in the Wake County school system in the Sunday edition of The New York Times.
“My feeling is that it’s very important for people in Wake to drive over to Charlotte and see what’s happened,” said Gary Orfield, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who studies school busing, in the article.
The article will likely help shape national perception of the school system, as Matthew Brown had warned about in a January school board meeting.
The article cites supporters of the diversity policy who say that students of all races in Wake continue to outperform state and national averages and have improved on S.A.T. scores and end-of-year tests in recent years. (That's not totally accurate.)
The article also quotes Roslyn Arlin Mickelson, a sociologist at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, who says that research shows that students of all races and backgrounds perform better in diverse schools. Diversified schools typically have higher graduation rates, more college acceptances and fewer students in the criminal justice system, she said.
The article quotes Sam Haney, a black parent who made waves at Tuesday's CEM meeting when he said the board majority's new changes would result in Wake appearing to a “a racist school system.”
“Why would we want the black students in an all-black school?” Haney said in the artlcle. “The world just doesn’t look like that anymore.”
On the other side, new school board member John Tedesco argues why he feels the current assignment policy needs to be changed.
“We’ve been playing three-card monte with these kids, shuffling them from school to school,” Tedesco said. “and we forgot about quality education.”
The article notes how the new board members cite the dropping graduation rate, rising suspensions and a widening performance gap between poor and wealthy students. They also note that "dozens of schools currently exceed the 40 percent subsidized lunch limit with impunity."
The article makes one statement about the 2007 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that is not quite right. The article says the court ruled that race could no longer be considered in school assignment.
The Supreme Court actually restricted, but didn't bar, the use of race. The standard for using race is now so high that most school districts steer clear of the use of race.