"Our children deserve to be educated in a school district that is equitable and where decisions are made with community input in mind. Unfortunately, with the filing of HB 518 and HB 490, our state representatives are putting partisan politics over the education of our children and the needs of our community.... Both HB 518 and HB 490 are part of a continuing effort to undermine the democratic process in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County for partisan gain. The WS/FCS Board of Education is the elected body charged with ensuring all children in the district receive an excellent and equitable education."

"Action4Equity highly recommends the search for a new superintendent of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools include specific experience, knowledge, and abilities. A focus on equity and the  voice of the community are crucial parts of this process."

"The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") has officially opened an investigation into the complaint that the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (“WSFCS” or “District”) discriminated against students at Ashley Academy (“Ashley”) on the bases of race and national origin." 

​"Action4Equity seeks to advocate for equity for students in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in academic achievement, access to high quality instruction, and safe and healthy school environments. We believe that these goals will help build a more effective and stronger community in Forsyth County, NC."

​"The Action4Ashley Coalition - a group of concerned citizens and advocacy organizations seeking justice for the students, teachers, and staff of Ashley Elementary - filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights today.  The complaint cites the failure of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education and School System (WSFCS) to address the long-term and persistent complaints from parents and school staff about mold, water leaks, excessive moisture, and poor air-quality at Ashley Academy, which serves predominantly students of color.  The conditions are impacting the health, safety, and education of students and teachers."



A new Ashley Elementary? Long road ahead for school planWinston-Salem Journal, October 18, 2019

City council considering property sale for new Ashley ElementaryTriad City Beat, October 14, 2019

Push for new Ashley school takes big step forward. City panel recommends sale of land to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County SchoolsWinston-Salem Journal, October 14, 2019

The search continues for a potential site for a new Ashley Academy - Winston-Salem Journal, September 26, 2019

Multicultural advocacy group targets equity in WSFCS - WXII12, May 21, 2019

School choice and equity are focus of new committees for Winston-Salem/Forsyth systemWinston-Salem Journal, March 4, 2019

New boards of education highlight issues of racism in Winston-Salem and GreensboroTriad City Beat, December 19, 2018

Our all-female school board is now led by an African-American woman. Members of Winston-Salem/Forsyth board want to focus on equity, teacher pay - Winston-Salem Journal, December 14, 2018

Press Release: Advocating For A More Equitable School System - December 13, 2018

Community continues speaking out on mold issues at Ashley school - Winston-Salem Journal, June 18, 2018

Local group plans to continue pushing for new Ashley school building - Winston-Salem Journal, May 26, 2018

Calling BS: Ashley Elementary - Triad City Beat,  May 24, 2018

Group demands new school for Ashley; wants reallocation of bond money - Winston-Salem Journal, May 23, 2018

Teachers who say Ashley Academy made them sick not surprised by air quality test results - Winston-Salem Journal, April 24, 2018

Ashley Academy Teachers: School Building is Making Us Sick - Winston-Salem Journal, February 27, 2018 


U.S. Department of Education opens claim against WS/FCS, The Chronicle, January 10, 2019

Federal Agency Investigates Discrimination Complaint At Local School - WFDD, January 8, 2019

Racial discrimination complaint regarding Ashley Academy prompts investigation - Winston-Salem Journal, January 4, 2019


WSFCS under investigation by US Dept. of Ed - Triad City Beat, January 4, 2019

Emails show teachers’ concerns with air quality at Ashley Academy over the course of the last school year - Winston-Salem Journal, October 13, 2018

#Action4Ashley, The Justice League Conversations, August 22, 2018

Discrimination Complaint Filed Against Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools - WUNC, August 16, 2018

Group won’t ‘sit by any longer’ - The Chronicle, August 16, 2018

Unpopular Opinion: School segregation hurts poor students - Triad City Beat, August 16, 2018

Some local parents working to transfer children out of school after mold found inside - WXII, August 16, 2018

Ashley Academy Lawsuit - WFMY, August 15, 2018

Racial bias toward students alleged in complaint against schools in Winston-Salem, Forsyth; coalition demands new Ashley Academy - Winston-Salem Journal, August 14, 2018

Lawsuit Accuses North Carolina School System of Neglect - U.S. News and World Report, August 14, 2018

Civil rights complaint over school conditions - Spectrum News, August 14, 2018

Federal complaint filed against Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools for racial discrimination - WXII, August 14, 2018

Local Groups File Federal Discrimination Complaint Against WSFC Schools - WFDD, August 14, 2018

Press Release: Action4Ashley Coalition Files Federal Civil Rights Complaint - August 14, 2018

Mid-Term Election School Board Candidate Questionnaire

Action4Equity Asks Candidates about Equity

Earlier this fall, Action4Equity sent a questionnaire to each WSFCS School Board candidate. We received responses from the following candidates: 

  • Marilynn Baker

  • Lida Calvert-Hayes

  • Lori G. Clark

  • Dana C. Jones

  • Andrea Bramer

  • Elizabeth Mottiger

We encourage you to read the responses from each candidate by clicking here. 


We are reaching out to candidates (both incumbents and challengers) for the Forsyth County School Board in an effort to better understand your commitments on issues pertaining to educational equity for our children. To that end, we are asking you to share your views on the following questions:


Strategies for Improving Student Performance in Low Performing Schools 


  • Would you support shifting personnel in order to ensure academic achievement for students in low performing schools? Why or why not? 


Equity in Resource Distribution 


  • Do you support the building of a new school for Ashley? If so, when? If not, why not? 

  • Do you believe that past decisions about the building of new schools, stadiums, and athletic centers have been made in the spirit of equity and fairness to all of the communities served by the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools?