Yesterday was the Winston-Salem /Forsyth County Schools’ first day of classes. Due to the coronavirus, students are learning remotely via Zoom, instead of in the classrooms. With all the talk about the coronavirus this year, little to no attention has been given to the topic of school “choice.” This month marks the 25th anniversary of the WS/FC School’s controversial school “choice program,” first implemented by then-Superintendent, Don Martin in 1995. NC Policy Watch’s Rob Schofield has called WS/FCS’ choice system “a case study in school re-segregation.” Even WFDD can’t deny that our school system has been resegregated by “choice.”
The current school board chair, Malishai Woodbury, and other members of the once mislabeled “equity board” have been critical of WS/FCS’ choice system. But they’ve stopped short of attempting to amend or replace it.
“Parents can choose from their neighborhood schools, another school in their zones or from 15 magnet programs. High school students can earn college credit in more than 30 Advanced Placement courses, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, and courses at local colleges and universities.
At every school, students are led by teachers and staff members dedicated to helping them grow as students and people. Parents, students, schools and the community work together to build the leaders of tomorrow.
Elementary and middle schools are divided into zones, and families can choose from among the schools in their residential schools each spring during the Schools of Choice process. To learn more about how students are assigned to schools and how you can choose a school, please visit the Student Assignment page.
Profound words from @ArikaHerron and @jordangreentcb. Blatant resegregation! Amen sister! Resegregation in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County must be acknowledged &challenged!The legacy of Jim Crow and the indifference of liberals has left WS/FC deeply racially + economically divided. pic.twitter.com/IqoqWSD5o5
— Winston Watchman (@WinstonWatchman) May 5, 2018
- Separate worlds -Travis Fain, Winston-Salem Journal (NC) – July 1, 2012