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New Wake school board makes major changes on first day

Posted December 2, 2009
Updated February 17, 2010

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— The newly elected Wake County school board members wasted no time making big changes Tuesday.

Soon after they were sworn in, the members added items to their meeting agenda and reversed some major decisions made by the former board.

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For weeks, the newly elected candidates – Chris Malone, Debra Goldman, Deborah Prickett and John Tedesco – said they were going to shake up Wake County Public Schools’ socio-economic diversity policy.

“We heard your calls for reform,” said Malone.

The new board proposed an assignment change that would promote neighborhood schools and end the current plan of busing to balance socio-economic diversity. The plan will go before a committee for review.

“I think all the newly elected board members are like-minded, and I think we will do a good job together. We make a good team,” said Prickett.

After a heated discussion, the group voted to end "early release Wednesdays" starting next year. The policy sends students home early once a week so teachers can use the time for planning sessions called “Professional Learning Communities.”

Board members said they support the learning communities, but they want to find a better way to accommodate teachers without affecting family schedules.

The new board also voted to stop spending money on the Forest Ridge High School site, which has drawn negative attention for over-runs in the construction budget.

The four new members were joined by Ron Margiotta to create a majority. He was named the new board chairman, and Goldman was named vice chair.

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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Dec 3, 2009

    ""Wake County schools are nationally known and recognized for achievment " Really? Go to Newsweek's story about the best high schools in the US :

    http://www.newsweek.com/id/39380/?sort=Rank&count=1236&start=0&limit=100&year=2007

    Even if you narrow your search to North Carolina only, Wake County's "world-famous, super-duper, hold-hand-and-sing-kumbaya" schools rank pretty low compared to places like Charlotte, Greensboro, Huntersville, etc."

    The failed exiting school board and their allies in the liberal local media were the ones who created the propaganda about how great the Wake County Schools were to justify their liberal utopian agenda of Socio-Economic Diversity (Race) based busing.

    If we weren't told how great the schools were because of the busing, they couldn't justify continuing the busing.

    A lot of things are going to come light about the failed policies of the exiting school board.

    Hopefully the media stays neutral and doesn't defend the failed exiting school board.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Dec 3, 2009

    "Yes, they did win the vote, but to say it was a majority is completely false. Unfortunately not enough people voted. Of those who did, the ones most opposed to the previous board were in the majority. These people do not represent the majority."

    Yet Obama supporters say he won by a significant majority because the had 53% of the vote to McCain's 48% of the vote.

    Liberals believe Obama won by a significant majority but don't believe that the new school board members who won by a 2 to 1 majority won a majority.

    Liberals are such hypocrites.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Dec 3, 2009

    "Stupid...just plain stupid. - rwmercer"

    Stupid is as stupid does.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Dec 3, 2009

    "As for Early Release Wednesdays, instead of rushing in and saying they will end the practice at the close of this school year, why didn't they wait to see if those planning times have a significant positive impact on student test scores? There would still have been time to ditch the practice if those scores showed no impact."

    This comment sounds like sour grapes from someone who supported the failed exiting school board.

    The exiting school board rushed Wacky Wednesday through without notice and public hearing. They rushed it through without regards for parents who worked and had to make arrangements for care for their children on wacky Wednesday or leave work early and jeopardize their job.

    Wacky Wednesday was one of the numerous failed policies forced on the people of Wake County by the exiting school board.

    Eliminating wacky Wednesday was done to eliminate a failed program that negatively affected the parents of Wake County students.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Dec 3, 2009

    "I was ashamed of the new board last night. The new members and Margiotta were rude, arrogant and just plain stupid in the way they conducted that meeting."

    So you were a supporter of the failed exiting school board. Your comment sounds like sour grapes to me.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Dec 3, 2009

    If I was Reverend Barber of the NAACP, I would be offended by the failed policies of the exiting school board.

    According to the failed socio-economic diversity policies of the failed school board, black children from Southeast Raleigh can only learn and do well in school if they are bused to the suburbs and not allowed to attend school with other kids like themselves.

    Something doesn't sound right with the failed Socio-Economic diversity policy of the exiting school board.

  • rwmercer Dec 2, 2009

    I was ashamed of the new board last night. The new members and Margiotta were rude, arrogant and just plain stupid in the way they conducted that meeting.

    As for Early Release Wednesdays, instead of rushing in and saying they will end the practice at the close of this school year, why didn't they wait to see if those planning times have a significant positive impact on student test scores? There would still have been time to ditch the practice if those scores showed no impact.

    Stupid...just plain stupid.

  • sqdad Dec 2, 2009

    I am a WCPSS teacher. We never liked the idea of Wake Wednesdays. However I would like to correct a misconception that I keep seeing appear on these threads. We do NOT get "planning" time during the extra hour on Wednesdays. We are made to participate in something called PLC (Professional Learning Communities) where we must, repeat...MUST meet EVERY Wednesday for one hour and on the Wednesdays that school releases 2 hours early, we must meet for 3 hours. We are not allowed to leave campus. The PLC we meet with is composed typically of our grade level team plus two other school staff. We have to bring data on our lowest students (academically) and documentation of intervention strategies we are using to bring up their scores. The comments that we are sitting around not doing anything are erroneous. I go in at 7:30 in the morning (More than 1 hour and 15 minutes before school begins) and typically do not leave before 6 pm. I love my job but always take my work home, at nights & weekends

  • rargos Dec 2, 2009

    "Yes, they did win the vote, but to say it was a majority is completely false. Unfortunately not enough people voted. Of those who did, the ones most opposed to the previous board were in the majority. These people do not represent the majority."

    Each of them won by a 2-1 margin. I guess you can't accept the fact that the vast majority of people in Wake County don't believe the liberal manure you've been brainwashed with.

  • 6079 SMITH W Dec 2, 2009

    HAVE YOU SEEN JUNIORS'S GRADES?....................;)

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