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Election could mean change in Wake schools' policies

Posted September 28, 2009
Updated September 29, 2009

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— The future of the Wake County Public School System is in the hands of voters Oct. 6.

Four of the nine seats on the school board are up for grabs, and that could mean change in some school system policies.

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"This is a big election," said Ann Delinger, president of the nonprofit community group Wake Education Partnership.

Several community groups, such as WakeCARES and the Wake Schools Community Alliance, said they are endorsing candidates who say they are willing to change some of the school system's policies, including its diversity and student reassignment policies.

Wake often buses students to create economic diversity in schools. The school system reassigns students every year to help deal with growth.

"While balancing the socioeconomic levels in schools may make the individual school look better, the results have not proven that this is effective for students," said WakeCARES co-founder Kathleen Brennan.

This is an off-election year, so people might not be as inclined to vote. So far, about 360 people have voted early. With four seats up for grabs, many say this year's election is as important as any in recent history.

"We just want to endorse candidates that have the entire system in mind," said Jennifer Lanane, president of the North Carolina Association of Educators Wake County chapter, which represents about 5,000 school system employees.

The teachers' association supports candidates in favor of the current busing policy and who are focused on other issues, such as retaining quality teachers and maintaining state-of-the-art facilities.

There are 12 candidates running for four seats on the 9-member school board.

WakeCares and WSCA have endorsed Chris Malone for the District 1 seat, John Tedesco for District 2, Deborah Pickett for District 7 and Debra Goldman for District 9.

The NCAE has endorsed Rita Rakestraw for District 1, incumbent Horace Tart for District 2, Karen Simon for District 7 and Lois Nixon for District 9.

District 1 board member Lori Millberg, District 7 member Patti Head and District 9 member Eleanor Goettee have chosen not to run for re-election this fall. Horace Tart, who represents Wake County's District 2, is the only incumbent school board member on the ballot this fall.

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  • Miss Jexy Sep 29, 2009

    I will be voting for anyone who is not being endorsed. Busing is nothing but an extra financial burden that is NOT necessary. No child needs to be driven an hour one way to get to school when there is one right down the street... It all boils down to them not wanting to tick people off, and so they are going to allow the government to sink the budget even worse than it already is with busing costs. Now our children get to suffer academically out of it and not have the resourses they need or have larger class ratios!! But I mean seriously, why wouldn't that make total sense, right?? (please note obvious sarcasm)

  • nufsaid Sep 29, 2009

    "I do not have direct "skin in the game" as I have no
    children..colliedave"

    If you live in Wake County and own property you do have a direct interest. This busing wastes significant funds confiscated from the citizens in the form of property taxes.

  • colliedave Sep 29, 2009

    I do not have direct "skin in the game" as I have no children but from what I hear from my neighbors and fellow church members, the busing for diveristy has made their lives much harder with no direct evidence the program is helping those children who need the help. I will investigate those running in my district and will vote for the candidate that favors neighborhood schools.

  • poohperson2000 Sep 29, 2009

    I will vote for who ever Wake Cares does not support.

  • HanginTough Sep 29, 2009

    Obviously any ENDORSEMENT by the NCAE is a joke! They endorsed Bev and before they could blink she stabbed them in the back and continues to mouth off to teacher support but actions speak louder then words. I would be against any candiate that supported continued busing based on COLOR as opposed to getting back to community schools -

  • whatelseisnew Sep 28, 2009

    "The NCAE has endorses Rita Rakestraw for District 1, incumbent Horace Tart for District 2, Karen Simon for District 7 and Lois Nixon for District 9."

    This is good to have a list of candidates that should not be on the board. Unfortunately, my district is not included. The current holder of my district supports the current failing policies.

  • nufsaid Sep 28, 2009

    "Jennifer Lanane, president of the North Carolina Association of Educators Wake County chapter,... It supports candidates in favor of the current busing policy"

    Beware of the NCAE and any candidates they endorse.

  • A_Patriot Sep 28, 2009

    This just in: water wet, night dark.

  • Cajunwon Sep 28, 2009

    Many families have been adversely affected by the new wacky Wednesday schedule. My vote will go to the candidate who opposes this policy.

    A return to community based school assignments in Charlotte has saved that county lots of money and improved overall academic results. My vote will go to the candidate who supports a return to community based school assignments.

  • superman Sep 28, 2009

    Geez, just speculation. It could also mean that it stays the same which would be just fine! Whatever they do-- wont ever please everyone! Carolina wants the sky blue and State wants it red.