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NC State professor in ring for Wake Schools post

Posted June 13, 2011

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— Jim Martin, a professor of chemistry at North Carolina State University, announced his candidacy Monday for the District 5 seat on the Wake County Board of Education. He has lived in the county for 17 years.

Dr. Anne McLaurin, the wife of Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker, currently holds the seat. She said last week that she would not run for re-election.

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

Five of the school board's nine seats, including all four Democratic members, are up for grabs in October's election. Of those four,  Keith Sutton and Kevin Hill have both said they will run, and Carolyn Morrison has said she will not.

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, plans to run for Morrison's District 6 post.

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

The filing period for election begins July 25.

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  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Jun 15, 2011

    judas, I don't know a soul who thinks that way except the Barber followers. The rest of are living in the year 2011. Join us won't you.

  • myjudas Jun 14, 2011

    You might feel differently if it was you getting thrown under the bus so that rich white people could sleep better at night knowing their kids wouldn't get any poor on them at school.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Jun 14, 2011

    It's because of the diversity policy and the few who still cling to the bull it represents that this county's school system is in such chaos. Yourjudas vote for him all you wish, it won't change who he is and what he represents and for the bulk of voters they no longer care to stay stuck in the past. Thank goodness.

  • myjudas Jun 14, 2011

    "Jim Martin supports the old diversity policy and busing and we'll have the proof to show you from his very words!"

    I'll definitely be voting for him, then! It's because of the diversity policy that I was able to go to some of the best schools in Wake County despite where my family could afford to live. It's because of the diversity policy that I ended up being able to go to NCSU and have Dr. Martin as a professor.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Jun 14, 2011

    Jim Martin supports the old diversity policy and busing and we'll have the proof to show you from his very words!

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Jun 14, 2011

    This guy will be defeated if no one runs against him. He is the most arrogant self centered hot head ever to think he run and win. Good luck Jim, you're going to need it. We plan to roll out some of your greatest hits from your many, many whiney appearances in front of the board. A man with 2 kids in Magnet schools obviously has no idea what the rest of us need or want. Yes, destroying this guy will be a piece of cake. It will be priceless.

  • donewithecu Jun 13, 2011

    Why can't my kids go to the closest school to me!

  • luvbailey Jun 13, 2011

    TBK, come on, countless studies show that high poverty schools underperform. But I guess somehow in our case, it is going to turn out different. Your screen name calls for truth - so when are you and the other neighborhood schools people going to admit to the truth, that you just want your kids to go close by, that you don't want other kids - poor kids, minority kids brought into your schools - and if the poor and minority kids don't get a quality education, well that's just too bad, it's not your fault, it's their parents fault for not helping them with school work (even though the parent's themselves can't do the school work) - that's just too bad. But that's the TRUTH behind the neighborhood school movement, and it would be easier to accept if ya'll would admit to the truth instead of trying to "Weiner" your way out of it.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jun 13, 2011

    Hopefully they'll get someone in there that will help end the ludicrous policy of busing for purposes of "socio-economic diversity". Students perform better when allowed to attend schools in their own communities.