Charging that charter schools will resegregate Wake County

01/14/2014 9:00 AM

01/13/2014 6:14 PM

Are charter schools the “new strategy” being used by “Wake County resegregationsts?”

A blog post last week by Jim Horn in Schools Matter notes the potential expansion of chatter schools in Wake County. Horn ties charter expansion into the fight over the last several years about the role that diversity should play in the Wake County school system.

“Even though Dems have reclaimed a majority of seats on the Board and significant portions of the diversity program have been preserved, the new resegregation threat now comes from the State level, which is in the grips of the same Tea Party extremists that turned things upside down in Wake County just five years ago,” Horn writes. “There is much to do in North Carolina for sanity to be restored at the state and local levels.”

Horn was a harsh critic of the former Republican school board majority, writing several posts on the school system since 2009. For instance, Horn describes the 2011 school board election victory by Democrats as “a concerted effort by Wake County citizens to reclaim their school board after it was hijacked by anti-diversity candidates with money from the Koch Bros.”

Horn, like a number of other liberals, is no fan of charter schools.


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