Critics continue to speak out about Wake schools

August 30, 2010 5:38:22 PM PDT
Critics of the Wake School board's community schools policy are vowing to speak out until the policy is reversed.Pullen Memorial Baptist Church Reverend Nancy Petty and other members of the clergy gathered Monday to show a united front once again in the fight to keep Wake County public schools diverse.

"We all are engaged in this struggle for justice," Pullen Memorial Baptist Church Rev. Nancy Petty said. "What we have before us are moral issues for our community that have great spiritual implications for our people. This is going to be a long struggle."

About dozen clergy members from different backgrounds and churches gathered to pray and discuss the next step in what they say is social justice work.

The NAACP and others say the school board's decision to end the socio-economic diversity policy will lead to the re-segregation of Wake County schools --a claim members of the new school board majority say isn't true. That's why opponents are now considering holding truth forums throughout the community.

"So that we can help the community know the truth about what the plan that the school board is trying to implement, the different pieces of it, what's really the truth about what they're trying to implement," Petty said.

In the meantime, a public prayer service on the diversity issue was held Monday evening at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church.

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