North Carolina Goes Back To Segregation

Posted By on January 13, 2011

WTF!! A North Carolina school board, taken over by Tea Party activists this past election, has just abolished a policy which bussed in minority students from poor areas of Wake County into nicer school districts. The NAACP has already filed a lawsuit and other officials have resigned over the decision.

Welcome back to Separate But Equal folks.

JoeMyGod points out:

Wake County’s school superintendent has resigned in protest. His expected replacement is a Tea Party activist and retired general who lists himself as a fan of Glenn Beck on his Facebook page.

Washington Post:

The new school board has won applause from parents who blame the old policy – which sought to avoid high-poverty, racially isolated schools – for an array of problems in the district and who say that promoting diversity is no longer a proper or necessary goal for public schools. “This is Raleigh in 2010, not Selma, Alabama, in the 1960s – my life is integrated,” said John Tedesco, a new board member. “We need new paradigms.” But critics accuse the new board of pursuing an ideological agenda aimed at nothing less than sounding the official death knell of government-sponsored integration in one of the last places to promote it. Without a diversity policy in place, they say, the county will inevitably slip into the pattern that defines most districts across the country, where schools in well-off neighborhoods are decent and those in poor, usually minority neighborhoods struggle.

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