Raleigh, N.C. — Nearly a year after filing a federal complaint against Wake County Schools, the state NAACP and others got the chance voice their concerns directly to those investigating it.You may watch the entire proceedings below, thanks to WRAL.
A five member panel from the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights traveled from Washington D.C. to Raleigh on Wednesday for a public hearing.
Last summer, the NAACP filed a complaint with the office alleging a plan to change how students are assigned to schools across the county would concentrate poor students into schools in poor communities.
As part of its investigation, the OCR wanted to hear directly from citizens about the Wake County school board's student assignment policy.
Thirty-two people spoke at the forum held at the Martin Street Baptist Church in Raleigh.
Many told the panel the change in policy would kill diversity in the schools.
“Neighborhood schools mean re-segregated schools," retired educator John Eberhard said.
Amy Lee, the parent of a Wake County student, said the board is "our schools into have and have nots.”