A controversial state plan for charter takeover of a struggling Robeson County elementary earned a rude reception from many residents and public officials in recent weeks, but the local newspaper writes in an editorial that local opposition to the Innovative School District is “weakening.”

Members of the Robeson Board of Education have until February to vote on the state’s proposal to take over Southside-Ashpole Elementary in Rowland. State law allows the district to accept the takeover or close, dispersing about 270 students within the district.

Robeson commissioners and school board members have been reportedly engaged in a bizarre back-and-forth over whether or not commissioners agreed to a “joint” October resolution in opposition.

Regardless, members of the school board are expected to mull the proposal to shutter Southside-Ashpole, possibly as soon as December. But The Robesonian argued this week that the district has little choice.

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