Wake County Schools

Wake school board member won't seek re-election

Posted June 10, 2011
Updated July 6, 2011

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— Wake County Board of Education member Dr. Anne McLaurin says she will not seek re-election for the board's District 5 seat in the fall.

McLaurin said Friday that it was a difficult choice and called her nearly four years in the seat a satisfying job.

"Deciding to leave has been a really hard decision, because I really enjoyed learning about the schools and being involved in difficult choices that took thoughtful research and paying attention to decisions that affect the schools and the community."

McLaurin, who is married to Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker, was elected in 2007 and is one of four Democratic school board members who supported the Wake County Public School System's longstanding student assignment policy of busing students to achieve socio-economic diversity across the district.

She voted against a controversial move last year by the board's Republican majority to eliminate that policy for one that focuses on assigning students closer to their homes.

She said Friday that she thinks that student achievement is the school board's primary focus and that, although the ongoing student assignment process has been a long process, everything will turn out well.

"I feel like it is a good time to step aside as the system is now moving in a positive direction," McLaurin said. "The new superintendent seems to be leading us in a good direction. He is focused on high-achieving schools, and he is working very hard to engage the entire community."

Five of the school board's eight seats, including all four Democratic members, are up for grabs in October's election.

District 6 board member Carolyn Morrison, who was appointed to her seat in 2009, announced earlier this month that also will not run in the fall. Democratic members Keith Sutton and Kevin Hill have both said they will run.

Board Chairman Ron Margiotta, the only Republican up for re-election, has also indicated that he plans to run again.

Christine Kushner, who has volunteered with the Wake school system for more than 11 years, most recently as a member of the Board Advisory Council, announced Monday that she plans to run for Morrison's post.

So far, no one has announced plans to run for McLaurin's post or against any other board members. The filing period for election begins July 25.

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  • myjudas Jun 14, 2011

    On the one hand, I'm glad I'm out of school just in time to dodge this nonsense. On the other, I feel really bad for all the students who are in the position I was as a kid who will now be shoveled into the nearest dungheap with the rest of the poor kids to be better ignored by the rest of the county.

    Wake County used to be a beacon of success, but now it's just going to blend in with the rest of the pathetic excuses for public education littering the south.

  • superman Jun 13, 2011

    Busing for diversity may not have worked. But what is gained by having the student to live next door to a school? Does the student learn more because they are close to school textbooks? There is nothing in this plan that addresses the issue of achievement. Has the Supt addressed the issue of savings or cost of the program? We should eliminate the free welfare education program. People without children are supporting the people with children. Do away with the dependent income tax deduction. People with children are getting welfare assistance in terms of the income tax exemption. We not only pay for their education but help parents feed their children.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jun 10, 2011

    westernwake1 -

    "The seats were "politicized" because the old school board focussed on social engineering over education. This led to children being forced to change schools every year. Parents finally had enough and revolted -- especially when the old school board members such as McLaurin were always rude and condescending to parents at meetings regularly.

    It has become clear to everyone who is reasonable that there is no evidence whatsoever that bussing for diversity improves education. In fact the exact opposite is true, there is a mountain of evidence that bussing for diversity leads to reduced test scores and negatively impacts minorities the most.

    It is time to move on from the failed policies of the past and move forward to improving the education of all students in Wake County. This means being sure that board members like McLaurin are sent packing."

    AMEN AND AMEN!!!

    Couldn't have said it all better myself, so I didn't.

    ;o)

  • kimandwill89 Jun 10, 2011

    see ya!

  • westernwake1 Jun 10, 2011

    "It's a shame that school board seats have to be so politicized like everything else!" - mrschizzy

    The seats were "politicized" because the old school board focussed on social engineering over education. This led to children being forced to change schools every year. Parents finally had enough and revolted -- especially when the old school board members such as McLaurin were always rude and condescending to parents at meetings regularly.

    It has become clear to everyone who is reasonable that there is no evidence whatsoever that bussing for diversity improves education. In fact the exact opposite is true, there is a mountain of evidence that bussing for diversity leads to reduced test scores and negatively impacts minorities the most.

    It is time to move on from the failed policies of the past and move forward to improving the education of all students in Wake County. This means being sure that board members like McLaurin are sent packing.

  • LIVEITUP Jun 10, 2011

    Thanks Punisher.... you beat me to it...

  • westernwake1 Jun 10, 2011

    Good Riddance. Now maybe the parents of Wake county can elect a representative that aligns with the views of the majority of the parents in the county who want neighborhood schools.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Jun 10, 2011

    Momma Meeker couldn't win her seat again if no one ran against her. Nonetheless, don't let the door hit ya'.

  • mrschizzy Jun 10, 2011

    It's a shame that school board seats have to be so politicized like everything else!

  • ThePunisher Jun 10, 2011

    buh bye!

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