“Our plan is to get an objective group, to get good advice and see if it’s a good plan or bad plan that needs some changes,” . . . “It is an unusual situation. But the kinds of changes in the proposed assignment plan are so serious that mayors really do need to get involved.
Those are the comments of Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker describing the purpose of his plan to gather Wake County mayors and review the developing Wake County school assignment plan (See news article) .
Does anyone really think this will be an objective group? Meeker has been a vocal opponent of the board’s efforts to replace the controversial student assignment policy. In addition, Meeker’s wife, Anne McLaurin, is a current member of the Wake County Board of Education. She has clashed frequently with the majority members of the board on the issue of school assignment.
Meeker said he wants mayors countywide to recruit citizens with educational and legal experience to meet and determine whether the emerging plan, “complies with state statutory and constitutional standards. Someone needs to tell the Mayor the Wake County School Board retains legal counsel to ensure board policies are consistent with existing law. Isn’t it the responsiblity of the school board, with input from the public, to asess the pros and cons of existing plans and to develop needed changes? Sounds like Meeker has a problem with the democratic process.
Meeker says he’s concerned about the “lack of meaningful dialogue.” I’m curious as to why Meeker hasn’t shared his concerns at any of the the numerous public meetings on the subject.
Do you think Meeker might possibly have a different agenda?