Several Wake County civil-rights groups say the state’s new A through F school performance grades show the danger of defacto segregated schools and why vouchers shouldn’t be used to pay for children to attend private schools.
The grades released on Feb. 5 showed schools with fewer low-income students were more likely to score As or Bs, while high-poverty schools were more likely to get Ds or Fs. The Coalition of Concerned Citizens For African American Children, the Wendell Wake County and Raleigh-Apex branches of the state NAACP, the Education Justice Alliance and Track My Steps responded to the grades in a late Sunday press release.
The groups say the results “clearly show that children of color who attend high poverty schools, both public and charter, failed to meet the educational needs of our children throughout the State of North Carolina.”
“The Individual School Report Card results should be an impelling indication to our North Carolina legislators that creating more segregated, high poverty schools, which include charter schools, do not yield academic success for our children but creates a haven of inadequate, unfulfilled students in an inferior educational setting,” according to the press release.
The groups also directly touch on the Wake County school system, saying the “educational success for minority students” in the district “needs to be addressed as minority students are not genetically or intellectually inferior. We must work to create an inclusive school environment for all students to help them reach their full potential.”
In contrast, Senate leader Phil Berger has noted that not all high-poverty schools scored poorly. Berger has said those schools should be studied and used as an example for others.
“I think it should help dispel the notion that just because a school is high poverty that the kids in those schools are relegated to situations where the schools are not going to do well,” said Berger, a Republican who has led the Senate since 2011.