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Goldman breaks ranks with Wake school board majority

Posted October 4, 2010
Updated October 5, 2010

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— Debra Goldman, a member of the five-person block behind changes to policies in the Wake County Public School System, said Monday that she may vote against a student assignment plan if it does not provide each student with a base school.

A Student Assignment Committee has been meeting for months to hash out a way to convert the county-wide school district from a system that assigns students to balance a school's socio-economic makeup – a policy opponents said resulted in long bus rides – to one that focuses on keeping students closer to home in geographic zones.

Goldman, who voted with the majority to initiate the policy change, is not a member of that committee and feels shut out of planning, she told WRAL News.

Board of Education chairman Ron Margiotta said Goldman has expressed her concenrs to him, but has no plans to add her to the three-member committee.

Goldman attended a committee meeting last week and asked for a careful, considerate plan.

"We really need to listen more to people," she said. "We need to hear what they're saying. We need to formulate a plan and really cohesively figure out where to go from here."

At last week's meeting, committee members John Tedesco and Chris Malone voted on some tweaks to the proposed assignment maps.

Carolyn Morrison, the other Board of Education member and third voting member on the committee voted against the change, saying she thought the committee was moving too fast.

The Board of Education meets in its regular monthly public meeting Tuesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the school administration building at 3600 Wake Forest Road in Raleigh. Before the public meeting, the board has a work session at which the assignment plan is expected to be discussed.

WRAL.com will carry video of both meetings live online.


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  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Oct 5, 2010

    We don't need to think about anything, what we need is this plan to be finished and put into place.


  • rand321 Oct 5, 2010

    you also need to think about what happens within a zone as the number of students increases or decreases. Stough in Raleigh is a great example. once overcapacity, is now under capacity.

    so do you build more schools, trailers, and classrooms in a crowded zone and leave empty class rooms in an under capacity zone. got to keep them all in their same base school, you know!

    somehow the board has to balance out total system capacity to optimize every classroom and seat available, regardless of zones.

  • deduce Oct 5, 2010

    "Support the Majority or Move" Classic name. I'm sure you apply the same to the current president and congress not just when the majority agrees with you, right?

    "Support the Majority or Move" That's about as un-American as you can get. Where will you be moving and when?

  • Hippy_mom Oct 5, 2010


    In addition to my last post. You're correct. That's exactly what happened when the new members were elected. They got all sorts of financial support from people who didn't even have kids in the WCPSS.

    I was talking about speaking out with your vote, not volunteering your time or dollars.

  • Whosays Oct 5, 2010

    Another attention getter maybe?

  • Hippy_mom Oct 5, 2010


    That's cool. Thanks for clarifying. Maybe more people will become involved and vote.

  • bombayrunner Oct 5, 2010

    bill0 - not sure that is true. What could happen I could see is if one of those schools is on the border of a zone, and you lived across the street ... you may not end up going to that school. Seen this happen in other cities. Those cases while rare stir up good headlines. The methodology works better though, and better thatn what is going on now.

  • mpheels Oct 5, 2010

    Hippy_mom - the 11%/89% numbers are based on eligible voters in the districts that had the school board on the ballot, not the whole county. So yeah, it does mean that 89% of the people who could have voted didn't.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Oct 5, 2010

    "That doesn't mean that 89% didn't care. It means they couldn't vote in that election."

    If they are complaining about not being able to vote and didn't help those candidates they supported in the districts they ran in, they didn't care!

  • bombayrunner Oct 5, 2010

    Jim Black must have come by Raleigh, showed her how its done. What you do is, put your hand in this cookie jar ...