Divided North Carolina School Board seeks Middle Ground Over Busing

Friday, July 23, 2010

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The Wake County school board in Raleigh, North Carolina, voted in March to end its policy of busing students for socioeconomic diversity: a decision that has led to considerable controversy. Protesters claim that ending busing will lead to more segregation in the schools.

Now, the divided board is seeking to find a middle ground on the issue through an assignment approach called "controlled choice," which would allow parents to choose schools for their children as long as they are within a certain "zone." However, not all citizens are happy with the proposed plan and 19 protesters were arrested at a board meeting just last Tuesday. 

We speak with Thomas Goldsmith, a reporter for News & Observer in Raleigh, who explains the complications involved in the board’s upcoming decision.

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Thomas Goldsmith

Comments [3]

Ron from Lancaster calif.

What proof is there if a poor black kid sits next to a upper class white kid that the black kid is going to do better. What if the black kid is a trouble maker. I went to high school in 1982 most of my high school was white and it was a good school. That school is now mainly black and mexican and its more diversed than ever and now the school is horrible . Just because you diverse a school doesnt mean the school is good. The high school i went to was better off 30 years ago when it was white. desegregation was a huge misake

Feb. 14 2011 04:18 AM
padre king from Marion, NC

Raised in Duplin County back in 60's and 70's; Graduated in '71. I spent 3 hours getting to school rinding buses. All this so the black child could obtain the same education. Wouldn't it have saved money to BUS the TEACHERS instead of the Students? I would have and did have good black teachers, in the MILITARY. Many great black friends had been earned over these 58 years. Not because the STATE bused me all over the county, but because I learned as a boy, we could play together, work together, and not get race involved. To my American-afro friends, I pray you will do the right thing. Be the best you can be for your children as well as ours. If the schools are bad, you get bad students, it's not the other way around. If a teacher doesn't teach, don't harm the student by ignoring that fact.

Jul. 25 2010 08:54 AM
Driverdale from MD

After 40 +/- years, busing hasn't worked. Gerrymander the school boundaries for diversity and return to neighborhood schools.

Jul. 23 2010 03:00 AM

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