Wake County Schools

Group drops accreditation for Burke County schools

Posted January 14, 2011
Updated January 19, 2011

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— A national accreditation group looking into the effectiveness of the Wake County school board has dropped certification for another North Carolina school system.

This week, Atlanta-based AdvancED pulled accreditation from Burke County Schools in Morganton, partly because board members’ behavior, factions among the board and last-minute meeting changes.

The district, however, can still keep its accreditation if the school board can show by June 30 that it has made significant progress in meeting required actions outlined by the AdvancED review team – specifically that the board actions align with district policy and AdvancED standards, professional decorum at board meetings and that board members are educated on district policies.

AdvancED, the parent company of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement, plans to review the Wake County school system next month after a complaint that the North Carolina NAACP filed alleging that some board members want to segregate the school system.

The school board’s attorneys have sent e-mails and letters, questioning the review team’s scope of the pending review.

That’s led AdvancED officials to tell school officials they should consider dropping accreditation – something school board member John Tedesco has said is a possibility.

"There are several other agencies that do accreditation of a higher caliber (that) we are looking at,” he said Wednesday.

Accreditation is important, because it can be used in determining a high school student’s acceptance to a higher institution of learning.

How institutions use it varies.

Great Schools in Wake Coalition says that dropping accreditation could cost students millions of dollars in academic and athletic scholarship and educational loans and limit acceptance to colleges, universities and military programs.

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  • 7birdman Jan 14, 2011

    Who made AdvanceEd God? Here we go with another (self-appointed) left-wing group trying to brainwash our kids.

  • Not_So_Dumb Jan 14, 2011

    acc_blood - even better, someone else brought up the point that the NC DPI should be doing the audits! The state is supposed to set the guidelines for the school boards and part of that should be ensuring they meet those guidelines.

  • acc_blood Jan 14, 2011

    I went to an unaccredited high school - and got into Duke, UNC, and NC State - TWICE. Our Valedictorian won a Caldwell. The Valedictorian at a neighboring school also won a Caldwell. The valedictorian of yet another neighboring unaccredited school won a Morehead.

    Let's ban AdvancED from reviewing any more NC systems.

  • acc_blood Jan 14, 2011

    This is where NC DPI should be stepping in - on behalf of the school systems - and saying "Hey AdvancED. If you are going to drop accreditation of a school system because of the method of running school board meetings, then we will allow ZERO NC school systems to use your service."

  • Not_So_Dumb Jan 14, 2011

    Superman - I went to an unaccredited high school. I went onto a top 25 college. Our valedictorian went to Brown.

  • superman Jan 14, 2011

    If you dont think accrediation is important-- sign up with some of those cheap diploma groups that advertise on tv. Just see what kind of job you going to be able to find. I wont mention any of their names but you seen them on tv every 5 minutes.

  • Not_So_Dumb Jan 14, 2011

    "Fortunately, some young people set their sights a little higher, and persevere with greater aspirations than some."-blackdog

    Unfortunately too many people in education take the attitude that trades aren't worthy pursuits so we end up with many kids how have neither the desire to go to college nor any meaningful job skills when they are done with high school.

  • blackdog Jan 14, 2011

    "What is all the fighting about anyway. A kid goes to college 4 years or more then to get out and can not find work and if they do, they start out @ $10.00 per hour. So why waste the money for the high dollar schools that are as we speak costing more and more. Go to a tech school for less money and you don't need to worry about credits, just pay the dues and go, then you will probly have a better paying job anyway"

    Fortunately, some young people set their sights a little higher, and persevere with greater aspirations than some.

  • federalsales Jan 14, 2011

    What is all the fighting about anyway. A kid goes to college 4 years or more then to get out and can not find work and if they do, they start out @ $10.00 per hour. So why waste the money for the high dollar schools that are as we speak costing more and more. Go to a tech school for less money and you don't need to worry about credits, just pay the dues and go, then you will probly have a better paying job anyway

  • jbarron4950 Jan 14, 2011

    The nation is watching YOU PEOPLE!! Makes yiu nervous doesn't it. They are going to get a chance to see the REAL you.

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