NEW INFO: NAACP Files Complaint Against Wayne County Schools

The state chapter of the NAACP has filed a federal complaint against an eastern North Carolina school system, saying its practices have created what the group calls "a district of apartheid education."

The NAACP president, the Rev. William Barber, said at a news conference Tuesday the organization has filed a civil rights complaint against Wayne County schools with the U.S. Justice and Education departments.

Barber cited policies that he says have resulted in lower graduation rates, higher suspension rates and more and stiffer discipline for black students. He says one district in the Goldsboro city limits has a student population that's almost 100 percent black while another has one that is almost 90 percent white.

Wayne County schools spokesman Ken Derksen didn't immediately return a message left Tuesday.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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The state chapter of the NAACP says it will file a complaint against an eastern North Carolina school system alleging that its practices have hampered black students.

The organization said in a news release issued Monday that it would file the complaint against Wayne County schools, citing policies that have resulted in lower graduation rates, higher suspension rates and more and stiffer discipline for black students.

The statement said the complaint would be filed with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday.

A spokesman for Wayne County schools said officials hadn't received the complaint yet and couldn't respond to the allegations.


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  • by tired of the crap Location: goldsboro on Dec 14, 2009 at 07:55 AM
    the students at this school are not helpless as the NAACP would have you to believe. Each day these kids have a choice of being part of the solution to the problem of not learning are being part of the problem. Most choose to be part of the problem. Stop blaming others for your short comings and prove that you can make something of yourself. There are some students at this school who choose to learn and change their direction in life while others choose to bring themselves down even futher. It does not help that groups such as the above are busy placing blame instead of helping. they should be providing tutors, and guidance to these students instead of telling them to blame others and make excuses for why they can't do. We teach our kids by example. Change the example before them!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2009 at 04:03 PM
    the kids are giving up because they cant even spell the crazy names they are given these days.
  • by Leroy Location: GOLDSBORO on Dec 10, 2009 at 10:56 AM
    Goldsboro High School Enrollment 613 Minority Enrollment (% of total) 99.7% Black Enrollment (% of total) 97.0% Hispanic Enrollment (% of total) 2.6% American Indian Enrollment (% of total) 0.0% Asian Enrollment (% of total) 0.0% White Enrollment (% of total) 0.3% I dont see how black students are being hampered.They run the school there. Here's a thought if they sit down and act like someone,then they might learn something.The parents are the ones to blame for how they act in class. Parents do your JOB!!!!!!!!!!! For more info on stats visit: http://www.usnews.com/listings/high-schools/north_carolina/goldsboro_high_school
  • by Reality Location: North Carolina on Dec 8, 2009 at 12:27 PM
    Average cost of incarceration for most places is upward of $23,000 a year. For juveniles it is typically more. The average cost for tuition plus room and board at a state college in North Carolina is below this. Which is a better solution? We are the state that had its prisons air conditioned before our schools. This is silly if you leave it to the parents and kids it clearly is not working. We all need to fix this or we all will pay for it in the long run. Keep placing the blame in different places and see if it gets fixed. More crime, more assistance, more problems if we don't do something. Don't forget these are children we are talking about not some product in a factory. Many of these kids cannot help the situation they are in.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2009 at 10:03 AM
    does the NAACP not realize that children of all races are in the same classroom and are afforded the same opportunities? I think they need to open their eyes and see that the real problem is not with the teachers or the school system but with the students themselves and their parents. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. It just boils down to who is willing to learn how to fish. Shouldnt they be concerned about the welfare of all children and not just those of a certain race?
  • by Jethro Bodine Location: New Bern on Dec 7, 2009 at 07:20 PM
    30 years ago, New Bern had 2 schools in the mostly black areas (still are). Central school was an old civil war hospital and has since been commissioned as a historic structure. West Street school (as it was then) was a few blocks away. Both schools were <60% black kids back then. (I think West street still is) Back then there was bad behavior daily, but you never heard about it because the black kids wouldn't tell on anyone...the white kids were scared to tell. We're talking 5th grade here! But you never heard the NAACP say anything then (still don't). Scores were better then. Some parents taught their kids to behave,... back then. Now? Hummmph! Kids are having babies now, REGULARLY! And who raises them? Another child. A 17 year old girl that has no job, no solid plans, no education...and you wonder why there are problems? Look at the system. Is it broke? Why did it break? Seems like simple logic to me. Sounds like a recipe for disaster to me. But what do I know?
  • by Reality Location: North Carolina on Dec 7, 2009 at 04:43 PM
    The problems of today's youth will soon be everyone's problem. If you don't do something to fix these kids it will cost all of us in the long run. If you don't like your situation and you have kids, then make sure they don't end up in the same situation. Longer school days, after school, Saturday school, shorter summers may be the answer. If kids are behind then maybe we need to extend their hours to help them catch up. Expecting a 15 year old kid to sit in a room for 90 minutes is alot. I hear alot of parents talk about how disciplined school was in their day. I would bet that most of there classes were only 45-60 min. long. Maybee we need to go back to year long classes in highschool instead of semesters. Clearly what we are doing needs work. We need suggestions and participation not complaints and blaim.
  • by Reality Location: North Carolina on Dec 7, 2009 at 04:36 PM
    We all realize that there is a problem. Why not try to work together to fix it? If you want your children to succeed get involved. If your child gets in trouble and gets suspended from school ask if you can sit with them in class instead of sending them home. If you can't do it see if a local church member, big brother, or other upstanding member of the community can. Teach children respect for themselves and others. If a child cannot behave in school then how are they going to learn, how are their peers supposed to learn. If these children and parents make learning in school as important as potty training was, then we will see growth by leaps and bounds. If you teach and do not like it get out of the profession we have no use for you. Many low performing schools offer countless incentives for students to do better and still nothing changes. We have to find a way to get on the same page and get these children, parents, and teachers on the right path.
  • by labbrat on Dec 7, 2009 at 02:51 PM
    It doesn't make a difference if you try to consolidate a school system. If you put bad kids in a school, the parents of the good kids will just relocate again. Try improving the kids that are already in the school. Take control of your children people or look at what kind of adults we are going to have running around! You think crime is bad now?
  • by Tired Location: Of the nonsense on Dec 6, 2009 at 11:40 PM
    The NAACP should be disbanded. I don't think blacks like to be called colored people. And since African-American is the present "race du jour", the organization should at least change it's name to the NAAA-A. Naaa. They'd never go for it.
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