The Great Schools in Wake Coalition is mobilizing to get the new Wake County student assignment plan to include the diversity-related assignments.
In an email message dated Sept. 12, GSIW chairwoman Yevonne Brannon tells people that her discussions with school board members was "not encouraging." Brannon writes about a "board member who wants what we want but is too weak to push for it and too afraid to step up to the plate, because he is worried about community push back."
Brannon writes that "another board member who doesn’t seem to 'agree' about how to fix diversity-how to have balanced schools.....he seems to believe kids can choose out. After some discussion he agreed to 'think it over.'"
Brannon doesn't name either board member, but the best guess is she's talking about board chairman Kevin Hill and vice chairman Keith Sutton.
Brannon writes that they're going to have to get organized with "lots of speakers at all events with different faces asking for deliberate assignments for kids from lower performing areas to high performing schools."
This message, inferred from the subject line of "do not forward," was not meant to be public. It was not forwarded to me by Brannon.
Here's the email message, minus the email addresses of the recipients:
From: yevonne brannon
Date: Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM
Subject: DO NOT forward please --- WE NEED TO MEET - I suggest Sept. 19.
To: Adrienne Lumpkin, Amy Lee, Amy Womble, Betsy Lovejoy, Beverley Clark, diana bader, Heather Koons, Karey Harwood, Lynn Edmonds, Patty Williams, Pete Eberhart, Rita Rakestraw, Sharon Eckard, Ticie Rhodes, Patricia Pilarinos, Vickie Adamson, Anne Overton, Ann Campbell, Susan Parry, Jason Langberg, John Gilbert
Cc: Barbara Vandenbergh, Leslie Koscielniak, Sally Wooten, Mary M, Maria Mauriello, Marguerite LeBlanc, autumn racine, Tom McDonald, Matt Ellinwood, doris_j4@, Jason Langberg, Christopher Hill, Earl Johnson, Calla Wright, achooker@, jackie.hughesoliver@, Will Allen III, Chris Aycock, Traci Jewell, brenda millar, Charles Upchurch, Porita Rochelle, Colethia Evans, Pam Bowden, laura broadbelt, scottbass@, Susan and Dale Oller, Hardin Engelhardt, Tom Erwin, Bill Rowe, Rob Schofield, susan conroy, Aranzazu Lascurain, marilyn dixon, Amy Madison, Debra McHenry, karen simon, Charlotte Turpin, Faye Cobb Payton, Leonard or Sadie King, Ellen Hipp
Meetings last week and this week with many of our friends, not encouraging……..
We have one board member who wants what we want but is too weak to push for it and too afraid to step up to the plate, because he is worried about community push back.
We have another board member who doesn’t seem to "agree" about how to fix diversity-how to have balanced schools.....he seems to believe kids can choose out. After some discussion he agreed to “think it over”.
First pass of the“the new plan” will be revealed Sept 18, Final vote looks like it will be Oct 30th. Sept. 19thand 20th will not have public hearings.
Final dates should be released by Mulder by end of the week for public hearings.
We have 6 weeks to work some magic. This is going to require lots of speakers at all events with different faces asking for deliberate assignments for kids from lower performing areas to high performing schools; and is going to require intervention for those who understand what we are fighting for and can try to get others on the board to understand it; and Intervention from those who can encourage everyone in the fave five to do what is right and to be strong!
I suggest Sept. 19th early for breakfast or a long lunch or a 5:30 to 7pm or 7 o 9 pm. We need a strategy. This fight is as important as ANY FIGHT we have had...We are in the short rows...the end game and can't back down now.