Parents voice concerns about Wake County Schools

April 18, 2012 2:15:01 PM PDT
Parents seeking answers about changes in the Wake County School System met Monday evening with school board member Keith Sutton at the Martin Street Baptist Church.

A small group of parents told Sutton they were tired of low performance, higher dropout rates and of feeling marginalized within the school system.

"I thought it was a good meeting. I really do," said concerned resident Welton Jones. "Like I said there are some things we need to deal with as a people."

Only about 30 adults took advantage of the opportunity to quiz Sutton on the latest happenings.

One of the topics David Knightingale brought up was the new assignment plan. He lives in the Oakwood neighborhood downtown. He's chosen his schools and his rising kindergartener is still without one.

"There's always going to be kinks when you grow. There's going to be growing pains," said Knightingale. "I don't think that my child, or any of the county's other children, should be the ones forced to suffer for it."

"We're more focused on segregated schools, driving the children on schools buses long distances, but we're not concerned about what's going on inside of those classrooms," said educator Sheila Richardson.

The meeting was sponsored by the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African-American Children.

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