Monday, September 12, 2011


GOLDSBORO, NC - Despite the glaring disparities noted in the 2009 Title VI complaint brought against the Wayne County Schools by the NAACP, state issued Report Cards continue to reveal unequal educational opportunities in the school system persist. The most recent Report Cards issued for Wayne County Schools continue to indicate poor progress in several of our schools. North Carolina School Report Cards, which provide achievement and quality data about each school in the state, are issued each year by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, located in Raleigh, N.C. The reputation of our entire school system has been adversely affected by this data.

On Monday, the Goldsboro/Wayne Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Chapter President and Education Chair will, along with others, speak before the Wayne County School Board. The board will meet Monday, September 12, 2011 at 4:00 pm in the Executive Boardroom of the WCPS Administrative Offices at 2001 E. Royall Avenue in Goldsboro. Following the meeting, representatives of the NAACP will hold a press conference.

Wayne County Schools have had and will always have community support because of their rich history, proud traditions and fond memories. However history, traditions, and memories cannot continue to be the lone indicators of the school's present day ability to provide our students with a constitutional, high quality, well-funded, diverse education.

Considering the most recent data released on our school system, the Board must make sweeping changes in the 2011-12 academic year, in order to reverse the current direction of the school system. We cannot continue to let our schools operate under the current status quo, which requires us to consciously ignore glaring problems. Our Board must make changes that reflect its understanding of the depth and breadth of problem areas, and clearly exhibit its members' willingness to address these problem areas.  The Board must show a commitment to provide every school with a challenging curriculum, a diverse learning environment and proper student supports.  This includes:

  • Providing every school with educational enrichment opportunities.
  • Providing every school with highly qualified, well motivated teachers.
  • Ensuring every school dispenses fair and appropriate disciplinary actions, keeping students in the classroom learning, while providing a safe school environment.
  • Ensuring every school is utilizing all of its structural resources.

The NAACP and citizens of Wayne County share a commitment for ensuring all Wayne County students receive the best possible education necessary for their success in competing in the global environment.



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