Regarding the Oct. 25 news article “ Southeast Raleigh parents push back against plan”: Two important facts were raised regarding the fears that Southeast Raleigh High School magnet program parents have about accepting more students as a result of the reassignment plan.
First, magnet parents will only tolerate a certain amount of “diversity.” That amount apparently is exactly as much as is necessary to get their suburban children the extra magnet programs and electives – no more. Sadly, rather than embrace and accept these neighborhood children, Southeast Raleigh magnet parents are pushing back on who gets stuck with them. School board member Keith Sutton had to explain to these diversity lovers that “just because they’re black students does not mean they’re low-performing students.”
Second and affecting every student in our school system, WCPSS staff members confirmed that they will rely on targeted programs to help raise student achievement rather than using diversity assignments, exactly like the Ron Margiotta-led board was trying to do.
While it’s ironic that the school board was elected by its liberal friends to protect the magnet program and, in turn, bring back the busing of the poor, I am delighted to see WCPSS staff and Sutton acknowledge that children deserve more than just a bus ride.