MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Families in Raleigh fear they're losing control of their schools. They're calling it a hostile take-over. Parents tell WREG they'll transfer their kids to another school before they let them stay here under charter control.
An out-of-state program known as Green Dot is coming in to take over Raleigh Egypt High School, but the community isn't rolling out the red carpet for them.
Chasity Balfour has two kids in this high school.
"If they change I will not keep my kids in this school. Period," she said.
Balfour isn't ready to accept that they don't have a choice in this. She says great things are happening under the new Raleigh Egypt Principal James Griffin, and she wants to see it continue with local control.
"I feel that if they just give them a year or two to boost the grades up it will make a big difference," she said.
But the state says the school has fallen short on academics and is stepping in. The people who helped organize this takeover have a very simple answer for that request.
"The district has had a generation to fix this school."
Malika Anderson says its time for action. The Achievement School District invited these families to the table to talk, but the pizza was far from an olive branch. Parents didn't have questions -- they had demands and threats.
Students from Fairley High School already under Green Dot control were on hand to talk about the transition process. They told WREG it's not an overnight fix, and it involves a lot of change.
Jameka Elam is a senior at Fairley Student.
She said, "Maybe, probably ten teachers that I recognize from last year."
Families in this school district aren't ready to say the same thing. They say the fight is far from over.