The debate over school assignment and diversity has roiled Wake County Public Schools (WCPSS) for much of the past couple of years. Two weeks ago, WCPSS Superintendent Tony Tata added to this discussion when he discussed the district’s efforts to increase the percentage of minority teachers.
Tata’s proposal has generated considerable comment. One voice conspicuously absent from the current discussion is teachers.
Over the past two years I’ve attended numerous school board meetings where I’ve heard many teachers expound on the importance of diversity and why WCPSS must keep the current school assignment policy.
Now enter Tony Tata who says he wants to diversify the teaching ranks to better mirror student population. Suddenly a whole lot of teachers got strangely quiet. Hmmm…
I wonder: does the silence mean these teachers oppose more minority hiring or the prospect of being assigned to a school based on its racial composition?
I guess it’s fine for activist teachers to fight for grandiose education and social goals – as long as those plans don’t impact them.