by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
According to an article published in the Chapel Hill News,
A coalition called on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools on Wednesday night to put “race on the table” and end a decades-old achievement gap.
Among other measures, the Campaign for Racial Equity in our Schools wants the district to end tracking, develop a race-conscious curriculum, and implement mandatory racial and cultural competency training for staff.
But where is the proposal to merge Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and the Orange County Schools?
A few weeks ago, the UNC Center for Civil Rights sued the Halifax County Board of Commissioners for not providing a “sound basic education” to students who attend two of the three school districts in the county. The lawsuit asks the courts to compel the three districts to merge.
The Campaign for Racial Equity in our Schools suggests that minority students who attend the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools have not received a “sound basic education.”
Does the Campaign for Racial Equity in our Schools and/or the UNC Center for Civil Rights have the courage to ask the Orange County Board of Commissioners to merge the districts? Will they sue the county commissioners if they refuse to do so?