(2010) CHANGE Series Part 2

On October 26, 2010
Which Forsyth County School Board Candidates Agree With CHANGE?

The radical progressive group Communities Helping All Neighbors Gain Empowerment (CHANGE), views racism as the biggest challenge facing Forsyth County Schools and forced busing as the most expedient remedy to address a perceived lack of school diversity.  By examining School Board candidate response to two questions in their current voter guide, we can gain insight as to which candidate embraces a radicalization of the schools and which candidate does not.

In their voter guide, CHANGE asked all school board candidates to agree “Yes” or “No” to the following questions:

1. Will you agree to end the general practice of Out-of School Suspension (except in cases meeting strict safety criteria) and require that every child receive quality classroom instruction by August 2011?
2. Are you willing to commit to a formal public exploration of alternative student assignment plans that will increase diversity and improve student achievement in partnership with interested community groups by 2011?

According to the group, only three candidates for School Board at Large stood against both of these leftist objectives: Lori Goins Clark, Jeannie Metcalf and Donny Lambeth. Specifically, Lambeth did not respond to the CHANGE survey or attend the group’s spring assembly, but has publicly stated his opposition to its agenda. On the other hand, candidate Stan Hill, who did attend the assembly, was listed in the guide as “did not respond,” yet has since stated his agreement with the group’s objectives.

In the District 1 race, no candidate stood in opposition against either objective, though Vic Johnson took a stand against CHANGE’s plan to improve school assignment and diversity — coded language for “forced busing.” Regina Barnes “did not respond” to the survey but was present at the assembly meeting and verbally agreed to the CHANGE objectives. In District 2, Jill Tackaberry, A.L. Buddy Collins, Marilyn A. Parker, and Jane D .Goins were the only candidates who disagreed with the two questions. Jim Toole was listed in the voter guide as “unclear” on his support of ending out of school suspension, yet he was quite clear in support of improving school assignment and diversity.

The practical upshot of all this for Forsyth County voters is that Collins, Metcalf, Clark, Goins, Lambeth, Parker and Tackabery support school choice and oppose forced busing. It is unclear and potentially disturbing why the other School Board candidates seemingly give their support to the agenda of a radical progressive organization. Perhaps, like most voters in Forsyth County, they do not know what CHANGE is all about and their agenda to radicalize the public school system.

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