What Margiotta said

August 14, 2010 

On July 20, WCPSS Board Chairman Ron Margiotta said, "This board does not intend to create high poverty or low performing schools in the new zone assignments." Let me repeat this: "This board does not intend to create high poverty or low performing schools in the new zone assignments."

At the Aug. 10 board meeting, after one speaker stated, "You have publicly said that you won't create high poverty schools," Margiotta can be heard whispering into his mike in response, "I never said that."

All too true; unfortunately, he did not. The high-poverty and low-performing schools that will result from economically segregated zones will simply be collateral damage. Hear this: Margiotta and his cronies are not committed to avoiding high-poverty or low-performing schools.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing (Edmund Burke), and the stated intention of not creating high poverty/low performing schools is simply not enough. Margiotta needs to commit to creating not a single high-poverty or low-performing school and earn the public trust he says he wants.

Lettice Rhodes

Raleigh

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