Wake County School Board made a decision tonight involving Georgia based AdvancED. Last September the news hit volcanic levels as AdvancED, a subdivision of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, suggested that if the Wake County School Board didn’t cooperate with them they would be dropped. Meaning, Wake County Schools would not be accredited through AdvancED.
In a nutshell, your Wake County student preparing for college may have to work harder than most to get the dean’s attention. You may have to pull some strings to get in. College and universities base future potential students on a number of areas, including how a school is accredited. Non-accredited schools can prove to divert a scholarship along with harming the chances of being accepted in some colleges.
Information is filtered from school systems so that AdvancED can evaluate and fit appropriately. In the September News 14 Carolina report AdvancED pushed for further information followed by a three-day investigation of the Wake County School Board in order to be included in their roster of who’s who.
Ann L. Majestic, attorney for Wake County Schools, knows the impact this may have. Ms. Majestic attended Duke Law School and University, one of the top noted colleges in America. Ms. Majestic sent AdvancED a response with request.
Ms. Majestic requested the review be less than dissecting and an attorney be present. Who wouldn’t suggest legal representation? Especially when the issue involving base schools has been tossed into the accrediting ring timely connected to the March complaint filed by the NAACP against the Wake County School Board. Not to forget the word “investigation” lingering with each passing report.
The worst that could happen in the request by the School Board attorney is hearing the word “no”, right? Wrong.
Dr. Mark Elgart, President and CEO of AdvancED, suggested that Wake County School Board may want “out” of accreditation. Dr. Elgart added:
“The Board and senior leadership are wanting legal representation during this review process, but this is not a legal process and does not require legal representation.”
“Accreditation is a force-multiplier. The process is a catalyst for transformative excellence, and AdvancED’s accreditation process is designed on a standards-based framework to feed continuous improvement and transform education on a global scale. Education providers of all types around the world use AdvancED Accreditation.”
The AdvancED broad standards include vision and purpose, governance and leadership, teaching and learning, documenting and using results, resources and support systems, stakeholder communications and relationships, and commitment to continuous improvement.
There was a time when good grades and a perfect attendance record would have been enough for a student to prove they were college worthy. AdvancED appears to have a lot to say as a whole that could downgrade students chances in a singular sense.
What, or who, fueled the fire?
In March the NAACP filed with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools over fears of segregation when neighborhood-based schools versus diversity-based schools grew into heated debate. AdvancED is a subdivision of SACS – connecting the dots yet?
There’s a $100 million dollar budget deficit to consider including School Board issues, problems, and multiple distractions along the way. It appears Wake County’s School Board has “advanced” into another obstacle.
Tonight at Millbrook Magnet High School Wake County School Board held a hearing where parents had a chance to speak of next year’s school assignment. But the topic involving AdvancED highlighted the night.
Board members have decided to draft another letter in further requesting that AdvancED lower the scope in their investigation as News 14 Carolina reports.
Due to weather conditions the three-day on-site investigation which was to begin tonight has been postponed.
Raleigh Knows, Times Have Changed
John Tedesco, member of the school board, speaks for many when stating in the past “This is Raleigh in 2010, not Selma, Alabama, in the 1960s.”
Our street was aligned with two story homes ranging between in value from $100,000 – $140,000. Raleigh’s housing apartments were located one street over. Due to the node our street and their street had been combined and assigned accordingly. Our children had attended Apex Elementary one year – a school located thirty minutes away – one way. After witnessing the hardships of these kind people, I spoke on their behalf at the Cary High School auditorium to stop the proposed upcoming reassignment for our node.
“I have witnessed elementary students transported from Lake Wheeler areas in Raleigh to Apex Elementary – 35 minutes – one way. Apex has confirmed their bus as being the most problematic due to the lengthy distance. I have witnessed area mothers in frustration due to lack of reliable transportation for that distance when their children did not feel well in school or left an item of importance at home. I have assisted in transporting mothers to pick up their children. Not having schools close enough to their homes continues to make life more difficult. That’s outside of the waste in transportation, gas, time, and tax payers money. That is unacceptable. Reconsider reassigning our node.”
– L. Arnold, Raleigh 2007 / Cary High Auditorium
Ironic enough, everyone I represented were African-Americans on welfare who defined the NAACP as a “run of the mill political organization exploiting culture for various gains.”
The following year the School Board assigned our children to Highcroft Elementary – forty minutes – one way.
And these are some of the reasons Wake County’s School Board had to take in consideration when it came to neighborhood schools. Parents across Wake County, including Raleigh, were faced these very challenges. Challenges the NAACP failed to notice. Challenges lost in the political ring.
The same challenges that AdvancED should bear in mind if their investigation involves Wake County’s base school debate.
Source(s): News 14 Carolina; Loretta Arnold, Raleigh Headlines Examiner (accessed / embedded Jan. 12, 2011)