That quote comes from Wake County school board chairman Ron Margiotta in this story about the debate over what to do about the poor performance of many low-income kids. Defenders of the school system’s status quo continue to criticize the new board despite irrefutable data that the current policies are leaving behind huge numbers of kids. Board member Keith Sutton, an outspoken defender of the current policies, has this to say: (emphasis is mine)

But Sutton disagrees with Tedesco’s view that neighborhood schools are the answer for helping low-income students. Sutton said he wants to look for ways to help these students that don’t involve school assignments.

“I expect everyone will stand by their principles, but I’m hoping we can agree on this issue to impact this group of students,” he said.