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October 07, 2009


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It looks like Chris Fitzsimon at NC Policy Watch made a big mistake publishing his bigoted tirade against the winning school board candidates, before reading your Public Policy Poll. First, rather than address the issues and facts, Fitzsimon simply smeared the winning school board candidates, their supporters and voters, by calling the “resegrationist” who thought they had a “mandate for to return to separate and allegedly equal schools.” Fitzsimon complained that the “resegrationist” represented only “three percent” of the Wake County voters.Fitzsimon smear attack is readily refuted by simple math and facts. In reality, as your poll pointed out: “Overall 61% of voters opposed the policy with only 29% in support of it in that early September poll. Perhaps most telling 46% of African Americans were opposed to it with only 39% supportive.”So does Fitzsimon really thinks that 46% of African Americans are resegrationist, and only 29% support desegregation? Or will Fitzsimon admit that he is simply waging a vicious smear campaign by the playing the race card and calling the winning school board candidates and their supporters regregationist, even when those supporters include most African Americans?Can we not have an honest debate, and election campaigns, about school board issues, including school assignment policies, mandatory year round schools, school construction and the overall quality of education, without the Fitzsimon and the far left-wing calling the people they disagree, including the African Americans, racist?


Thanks for sharing the data. It confirms anecdotal comments I heard from my peers. It also confirms WCPSS administration & Board & Wake Ed. Partnership were into their Group Think mode and long ago stopped listening to their customers...the taxpayers. Hopefully the elections results shattered the Group Think mindset and they are now ready to tackle the real issues...Education for children at all ends of the spectrum - poor to rich, academically challenged to gifted -- without regards to their geographic location.I received two polling calls from your org. I am one of the Dems that voted for a Republican in District 9.

David Lee

Well now we know that Cathy Truitt or someone who has influence with her reads your blog/results! http://www.newsobserver.com/news/education/story/131520.html


How were the polling questions asked? Do Blacks know the real reason behind the diversity plan? If you ask people do they want kids to go to a school closer to their neighborhood, they will say yes. Its convenient! Polls are sometimes misleading. Especially if people dont have facts or data before answering. How quickly we forget The City of Raleigh Schools and Wake County Public School in the 70s...


I just want too take some time out thank the active members for doing what you do and make this community great im a long time reader and first time poster so i just wanted to say thanks.

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