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A private school will become one of North Carolina’s newest charter schools newsobserver.com/news/politics-…
"Hobgood Academy was founded in 1969 and opened in September 1970. IMO, this was a direct response to the U.S. Justice Department’s rejection of the Halifax County Schools District’s plan of desegregation in March 1969 that did not comply with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
"The county’s White residents resisted integration in public education so much so that the late Rep. Thorne Gregory, who was from Scotland Neck, actually filed a bill in January of 1969 to establish a separate school district for his hometown.
"Blacks made up only 18 percent of the town’s population at the time and the bill would allow the town’s mayor and commissioners to set up a five member school board and establish a supplemental school tax of 50 cents for each $100 property valuation.
"Additionally, there were 8,000 Black students and 2,300 White pupils in HCS, a ratio of nearly 4:1. Thorne’s bill passed the House in February 1969 and the Senate in March, with some impassioned pleas from late Senator Julian Allsbrook of Roanoke Rapids.
"The Justice Department filed suit against the district in June 1969 and the case was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of the plaintiffs in June 1972 (U.S. v. Scotland Neck City Board of Education).
"Given the proximity of the town of Hobgood to the city of Scotland Neck, and the history of White residents of Scotland Neck attempting to establish their own separate public school district, I don’t think it’s a reach to think that some of those families who resisted . . .
"integration banded together to start a private academy for their children. The school’s website says families from five counties worked together to start the school.
"Now at the same time, Thorne’s bill allowed Warren County and Halifax counties to attempt to start new districts in Warrenton, Scotland Neck and the Littleton-Lake Gaston area.
"The irony of turning to the same public school system you resisted decades ago to save the institution you started to resist integration – through Opportunity Scholarships, vouchers and now a charter system." @nhannahjones @MONTYOG
As stated in the article, it was the third time that Hobgood has applied to become a charter school. According to an @NAACP amicus brief filed in 2014, Hobgood's enrollment was 95 percent White. Today, it is 88 percent White, largely due to the Opportunity Scholarship program.
According to the article, "Hobgood Academy could receive more than $2 million a year in state funds, up from the $69,300 a year it now gets from the voucher school program. Eighteen of Hobgood's 98 students receive vouchers."
Whites make up only 4 percent of students in @HalifaxRise (Halifax County Schools). The Hobgood community is 49 percent African American and 46 percent White. #nced #ncpol #charters #vouchers #OpportunityScholarships
I neglected to mention that the desegregation plan of Halifax County Schools in March 1969 also did not comply with the 14th Amendment. #nced #ncpol
Additionally, @RepWray wrote a letter in 2017 supporting Hobgood's charter application, saying "As the economy has declined, the number of families able to pay tuition has fallen." What about the families who never could afford to pay that tuition until recently? #nced #ncpol
@RepWray is a graduate of another private school, Northeast Academy, in Lasker (Northampton County). Neither school had enough players to field a football team in 2017-18, so they have combined to field a team, winning the state title that season. #nced #ncpol
Northeast Academy in neighboring Northampton County was founded in 1966, three years before Hobgood Academy and Halifax Academy were founded (1969). In addition to those academies, Halifax County was also home to Enfield Academy, which opened its doors in 1965.
In the late 1960s, the number of private schools grew faster in eastern NC (home to Halifax and Northampton counties) than any other part of the state, #nced #ncpol
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