Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Wake cares NOT about diversity:
For shame Wake County School Board (North Carolina)

On a sober note this morning, post-workout newspaper reading: Sad to see our new Wake County School Board majority, voted in by less than 15% of voters, making dramatic steps backwards in the quest for providing all students (no matter their skin color or socioeconomic background) with access to a good education. Last night the new board voted, party line, 5-4 to start the process of dismantling a nationally-recognized school policy to bus kids to nearby schools to allow all students to enjoy access to good teachers and programs.

I'm ashamed of these short-sighted Wake County parents who continue to push for three month vacations and sending Johnny and Jane to the school around the block to the exclusion of all other considerations.

I understand these impulses, but these days, it seems our society is retrenching in a solid, vocal "I want it my way, forget all the others who think differently or look long-term for ALL to benefit!" mentality that will bring us all down to lower levels of services, health care, and education.

Note to all Wake County parents -- if you care about quality education for all, and see the clear benefits in our year-round system, please vote in the next school board elections. Your lack of participation at the polls results in today's outcomes, and you have no one to blame but yourselves.

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