UNC Report Calls For Unifying Halifax Schools

A report on the state of public education in Halifax County says all three school districts should be unified as a first step to ensuring a quality education for all students.

The yearlong study by the UNC Center for Civil Rights says the system that includes Halifax County Public Schools, Weldon City Schools and the Roanoke Rapids Graded School District remains one of the most segregated systems in the state. The county is 39 percent white, while nearly 100 percent of students at Halifax County and Weldon City schools are non-white. The Roanoke Rapids district is more than 70 percent white.

The report was released Monday and says the Halifax County and Weldon City schools have some of the lowest-performing schools in the state, along with high teacher turnover rates.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Sar Kastic on May 9, 2011 at 05:39 PM
    Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! Nobody could have predicted that conclusion by that crowd!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on May 9, 2011 at 05:03 PM
    Instead of consolidating, they should bust up the school system into several small school districts. The Halifax County School system is the worst system in the state. Like the rest of the consolidated schools in NC, they aren't going to make the bad schools better. Instead of having any good schools, all schools will be poor performing. Consolidation is one of the many factors that have made the public schools ineffectual and violent.
  • by Anonymous on May 9, 2011 at 08:32 AM
    I am glad for one because when I lived back there and was in school, they bused me and my siblings 15-20mins away so that we wouldn't go to the "better" school of Roanoke Rapids High. We even stayed within the city limits! I think it was very sad that the powers that be think they can round people up like cattle and send them off. No we weren't ghetto or stayed in the projects. We had a home and did not get food stamps or housing. Schools districts need to place kids fairly especially if you are right near the school. Halifax County has been racially divided for years!!! It is too sad and that's why I did not move back there after furthering my education. This world will never be a better place until we all can look beyond what we can see with our natural eye.
  • by anonymous on May 9, 2011 at 07:57 AM
    I am from that area. You are better off not going to the public school system in this county. If you do go then you must watch your back because you never know when someone is going to do something to you. People just learn where to move to in the county to put their kids in the best school. So sorry if you cannot afford the price of living in the better areas. I bet if you look at all the statistics on all the counties in NC that Halifax would be near the bottom in ranking for all of them.
  • by Pam Location: S on May 9, 2011 at 04:49 AM
    Well, it is about time! Folks here have known for years that the 3 school systems in the county were operating illegally. Take a closer look, it is more similar to the arguments that are ongoing in Wake County than anyone would care to recognize
  • by Anonymous on May 9, 2011 at 04:36 AM
    Can't make gold watches using aluminum!

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