Wake Schools meet to consider parent input

September 28, 2010 8:38:42 PM PDT
The Wake County Board of Education met Tuesday to discuss a new neighborhood school plan.

Monday was the last day for parents to comment on student assignment zone maps proposed by the board as it transitions students to neighborhood schools.

On Tuesday, a map was presented to the student assignment committee and as soon as the discussion turned to re-drawing boundaries, things quickly became heated.

The citizen advisory member nominated by Wake school board member Keith Sutton walked out of the meeting in protest.

Committee Chair John Tedesco says they're just throwing out ideas, but he was challenged by a number of opponents Tuesday who think talk about drawing lines is premature.

The North Carolina NAACP has filed a federal civil rights complaint over the changes - saying they will affect diversity.

Leaders of the group, along with other nonprofit groups, say they filed the legal challenge Friday to prevent Wake County schools from returning to segregation.

A majority of school board members voted this year to end a diversity policy aimed at achieving socio-economic balance in county schools saying children should be able to attend schools closer to their homes.

The board members say there are other ways to achieve diversity rather than busing.

Meanwhile, Wake leaders say whatever plan is adopted will not be fully implemented until the fall of 2012.

The next meeting on the matter will be held in two weeks.

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