Here's Wake Schools Community Alliance's response to today's court ruling:
Regarding The NC Supreme Court Ruling Against Choice in Wake County Schools
Wake Schools Community Alliance (WSCA) is extremely disappointed in today's North Carolina Supreme Court ruling that Wake County Public Schools System (WCPSS) has the right to assign students to Year Round calendars on a mandatory basis. In their ruling, the Supreme Court stated "We recognize the emotional nature of this case, but we must emphasize that our duty goes no further than to determine the legal authority for implementing mandatory year-round schools, not the wisdom of such a decision."
Today's ruling has severe ramifications for Wake County families. The previous stay granted by the Supreme Court extended parents rights to opt out of Year Round assignments and continue to enroll their children in traditional calendar schools. This school year, 2,597 Wake County students exercised that opt-out right. The Supreme Court's ruling removes the stay, and grants WCPSS authority to reassign all of these students to their base Mandatory Year Round (MYR) schools.
For too long, the Wake County School Board has set policies without regard to their impact on family life or quality of education. The detrimental effects of MYR on families are known, as are the damages caused by the School Board's overall assignment policy. Now, more than ever, it is important that the citizens of Wake County work together and hold our School Board members accountable for their policy decisions. As Judge Edmunds stated in his opinion, "Plaintiffs have the ultimate remedy of the ballot box." In fact, WSCA believes that the only remedy Wake County citizens have is at the ballot box based on the School Board's longstanding record of ignoring citizen input.
Four seats on the Wake County Board of Education are up for election on October 6th. WSCA is committed to endorsing and electing candidates for those seats who will support Voluntary Year Round assignments. Success in those four elections will result in a School Board majority which will quickly end Mandatory Year Round assignments.
WSCA has an open invitation to all Wake County citizens to join our group and help achieve our immediate goal of electing four new School Board members who will remember that citizens are at the top, not bottom, of the government organization chart. Our next meeting is Saturday, May 9th, in Morrisville; All are welcome. Please visit our web site at www.wakesca.org to learn more about WSCA.