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  • ConservativeVoter Sep 26, 7:21 p.m.

    For those who talk about their premier schools in Wake County, they need to talk to my sister and brother-in-law about what happened when they moved their rising fifth grader from Brassfield to a school out of state in one of the best performing school districts in the country based on test scores.

    Brassfield is one of the highest ranked elementary schools in Wake County.

    Their daughter has been struggling all year to keep up, yet she made straight A's for K-4 at Brassfield in Wake County.

    Wake County may be good but students from Wake County have a hard time adjusting to better schools in better performing counties.

    Guess what, that county has 240,000 population with 24 elementary schools and has no magnet schools or socio-economic diversity (race) based busing.

    This county has neighborhood schools and the only busing is within each school's attendance area.

    Doing more research, Wake County has a reputation because of it's diversity program, not it's classroom performance.

  • jimsyjams Sep 21, 6:56 p.m.

    Why can't we just get some people on the school board who care about WCPSS and not their own political agendas! Get rid of the politics entirely and just do your job!

  • rand321 Sep 21, 3:46 p.m.

    The Taxpayers group should be more concerned about the lack of long term planning with the WCPSS! The impact of the future taxes for the old GOP led board's choice plans are going to increase property taxes a lot of $$$$$

  • ConservativeVoter Sep 21, 3:39 p.m.

    Per the Democrats on this forum, it's okay for Democrats to file a complaint with Advanced about the Republicans but it's not okay for Republicans to file a complain about Democrats for the same offenses.

    Democrats are such hypocrites.

  • westernwake1 Sep 21, 12:53 p.m.

    "Copying someones complaint, changing the names, and refiling it is 100% publicity stunt. The NAACP may have been misguided or wrong, but at least they were sincere" - bill0

    Actually the citation of the Democratic board members behavior is extensive and detailed - so it is more then a copy-n-paste job.

    I believe that both complaints (NAACP and Wake County Taxpayers Association) are equally absurd. I also believe that Rev Barber and the NAACP coming to Raleigh to complain about a neighborhood assignment proposal in Wake when the county he lives in uses neighborhood based assignment is nothing more than a publicity and fund-raising stunt for the NAACP, there is nothing sincere about it.

  • not-in-my-lifetime Sep 21, 10:51 a.m.

    Wah, wah, wah....same old story. Enough already.

  • jcthai Sep 21, 10:48 a.m.

    Surely this story is a joke, worthy of the Onion? The Wake County Taxpayers Association is non-partisan? A "group that has historically supported conservative candidates" is non-partisan? There is no way any group run by Russell Capps is non-partisan. He is an extremist right winger who has a long history of lunacy. I still remember his letter to the N&O proclaiming that Evolution violates the 2nd Law Of Thermodynamics. (No it doesn't. You many believe in Evolution or deny it, but it doesn't violate the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics.) Come on WRAL, you need to call a spade a spade. In a January, 2011 piece, you called it "conservative". What's changed your mind to start calling it non-partisan?

  • Sick N Tired Sep 21, 10:29 a.m.

    WOW, some people need to check their egos at the door, roll up their sleeves and get to work FOR THE CHILDREN (not their own self-interest)! I don't think anyone should be eligible for the board that does not have children in the system.

  • bill0 Sep 21, 10:24 a.m.

    "So I am waiting for you to state that the complaint filed by the NAACP about the Wake County School System with AdvancED was just as improper as the recent complaint filed by the Wake County Taxpayers Association. If you don't then my assessment is spot on."

    Copying someones complaint, changing the names, and refiling it is 100% publicity stunt. The NAACP may have been misguided or wrong, but at least they were sincere.

  • 1983rs Sep 21, 10:15 a.m.

    as a wake county taxpayer I feel that this small group using a title like this is misrepresentation at best...

  • Smart Alex Sep 21, 10:15 a.m.

    Malone, who was part of the previous school board's Republican majority, said he believes the complaint has merit.

    "Things have been disjointed. It's been dysfunctional, and too partisan," he said.

    So now that there is a Democratic majority it is too partisan?

  • westernwake1 Sep 21, 9:43 a.m.

    "No, you get a stereotype from your closed mind. You don't know me one bit." - bill0

    So I am waiting for you to state that the complaint filed by the NAACP about the Wake County School System with AdvancED was just as improper as the recent complaint filed by the Wake County Taxpayers Association. If you don't then my assessment is spot on.

  • TiminNCisBack Sep 21, 9:40 a.m.

    As long as the School Boards are run by politicians and not adults there for our kids this will continue. This is true for both sides of the board. Mine are out now thank goodness and had their been a Charter Choice or Affordable private school mine would have been there one way or the other.

  • bill0 Sep 21, 9:27 a.m.

    " OK, I get your perspective..."

    No, you get a stereotype from your closed mind. You don't know me one bit.

  • bill0 Sep 21, 9:25 a.m.

    " I do not know a soul that thinks this board is a bit better than the last. Maybe worse."

    The fact that you don't know anyone who disagrees with you says way more about you that society at large.

  • westernwake1 Sep 21, 9:23 a.m.

    "Well, it is pretty clear this is just a political stunt. The current board hasn't done much of anything yet and is still debating a future assignment plan. Unfortunately, it is going to cost Wake County taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars in lawyers fees to defend against the charges." - bill0

    So in your mind when the NAACP files the same complaint earlier against the Republican board that at the time was "still debating a future assignment plan", it is perfectly acceptable for the school system to spend money & time defending itself against the allegations. But if the Wake County Taxpayers Association files that same type of complaint than it is a political stunt that is wasting taxpayer money. OK, I get your perspective...

  • Screw WrAl Sep 21, 9:11 a.m.

    I think this is a great idea. There are many things that are very suspect with this board. I do not know a soul that thinks this board is a bit better than the last. Maybe worse.

  • bill0 Sep 21, 8:58 a.m.

    Well, it is pretty clear this is just a political stunt. The current board hasn't done much of anything yet and is still debating a future assignment plan. Unfortunately, it is going to cost Wake County taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars in lawyers fees to defend against the charges.

  • snavarro1 Sep 21, 8:30 a.m.

    This is what happens when voters elect elephants and donkeys instead of people. You get what you sow.

  • DrJ Sep 21, 8:15 a.m.

    Democrats: "We must change things so Republicans can't get any credit for dismantling our massive race-based...er, lunch based...social engineering busing scheme."

  • parent12345 Sep 20, 7:50 p.m.

    From Chris Malone: "Things have been disjointed. It's been dysfunctional, and too partisan," he said.

    Really? And did he say that with a straight face?

  • JMOP Sep 20, 7:44 p.m.

    Just curious, does anybody have anything constructive to say or is it all going to be partisan blather?

  • superman Sep 20, 7:44 p.m.

    You remember the lawsuit from "Wake Who Cares" And please try to recollect the 30 million federal grant the previous board didnt get. And finally dont forget the 3 million the previous board wasted when they changed the location of a high school. All is not well in Wake County. It dont get any better than this unless you want to discuss UNC.

  • JMOP Sep 20, 7:40 p.m.

    " Most kids should be able to walk or ride their bikes to the schools in their neighborhood - but if the parents don't like those schools then they should have an absolute choice of which school their kids go to, but they must provide their own transportation or pay for public transportation. Tax Man" Again cost constraints. Would require additional costs I am not willing to pay!!

  • JMOP Sep 20, 7:37 p.m.

    "Also, parents must provide the transportation to their school of choice for their kids. They can either take them to school, carpool or pay for public transportation. The school board should not have any buses or be required to transport any kids to any schools! Parents have that responsibility at their own expense! Tax Man" I actually agree but this would require legislative action. Never happen.

  • JMOP Sep 20, 7:35 p.m.

    "Parents should have an absolute choice of where their kids go to school. It should be required that the school board fully accept these choices and cannot change them. No matter what the parents choices the schools must accept them! That is the only way it can work! Tax Man" Ummm No. Cost would rise considerably. Costs that I as a taxpayer am unwilling to pay.

  • JMOP Sep 20, 7:27 p.m.

    "I totally agree ... they ran right over the well thoughtout plan from the previous administration. The allowed it to fail and take uncounted complaints for reasoning. This is no way to manage ... it mean and underhanded." As opposed to the previous board?

  • Tax Man Sep 20, 7:09 p.m.

    Most kids should be able to walk or ride their bikes to the schools in their neighborhood - but if the parents don't like those schools then they should have an absolute choice of which school their kids go to, but they must provide their own transportation or pay for public transportation.

  • Tax Man Sep 20, 7:08 p.m.

    Also, parents must provide the transportation to their school of choice for their kids. They can either take them to school, carpool or pay for public transportation. The school board should not have any buses or be required to transport any kids to any schools! Parents have that responsibility at their own expense!

  • Tax Man Sep 20, 7:06 p.m.

    Parents should have an absolute choice of where their kids go to school. It should be required that the school board fully accept these choices and cannot change them. No matter what the parents choices the schools must accept them! That is the only way it can work!

  • tired2 Sep 20, 6:29 p.m.

    Thanks WRAL.....one sided as uaual

  • ddm76 Sep 20, 6:19 p.m.

    The biggest problem with the whole issue is transportation. If you, as a parent, don't want your kid to attend their base school, then you, as the parent, should be required to provide transportation. Many parents want all these choices for their precious but don't want to have to change anything about their routines. If you and your child want it bad enough, then make arrangements. You already are getting an education at a very reduced rate. All this expense for transportation is getting ridiculous.

  • westernwake1 Sep 20, 6:17 p.m.

    "The neighborhood plan was defeated by RINO Goldman voting with the Dems. The choice plan nis in effect now." - wa4mjf

    There appear to be a number of posters with an agenda in this forum who want to re-write history. No matter how many times you tell them that the Neighbor School Assignment proposal from the Republican board was never rolled out and that a compromise "Choice Plan" was rolled out after the Democrats were elected and the NAACP caused a ruckus - they just cannot seem to get it straight.

  • westernwake1 Sep 20, 6:14 p.m.

    "Why is a conservative group like Taxpayers complaining to a liberal group like AdvancEd? That would be like Chris Malone complaining to Jim Martin about diversity busing." - injameswetrust2003

    The entire situation is almost amusing and is done to prove a point. The conservative Wake County Taxpayers Association basically filed a complaint that is word-for-word the same as the earlier complaint filed by the NAACP about the Republican school board - except that they cited behavior of Democrats which is exactly parallel to behavior by the old Republican board members. I expect the entire exercise what done to prove the point that AdvancED has a pre-determined political agenda when the organization does not pursue an investigation of the complaint by the Wake County Taxpayers Association.

  • injameswetrust2003 Sep 20, 5:56 p.m.

    Why is a conservative group like Taxpayers complaining to a liberal group like AdvancEd? That would be like Chris Malone complaining to Jim Martin about diversity busing.

  • teleman60 Sep 20, 4:52 p.m.

    GOP front group brings this after they were voted out by the public and the gop choir starts the "both sides it so that's fair"

    Except both sides don't do it...

  • offthegrid7165 Sep 20, 4:34 p.m.

    So much effort into controlling knowledge, application, and processes, all while greasing the wheels of deception and personal agenda. Trully a disgrace... BUT... for this county... par for the course!

  • wa4mjf Sep 20, 4:28 p.m.

    I'm in same position....and yes whilst the old plan was not perfect, the "neighborhood" schools GOP plan is ridiculous and to compound the problem they cut the bus budget when they needed more buses to cope with the more choices offered.
    Click to view my profile Crabbit Cratu

    The neighborhood plan was defeated by RINO Goldman voting with the Dems. The choice plan nis in effect now.

  • more cowbell Sep 20, 4:23 p.m.

    Educating our children shouldn't be a partisian issue BUT, there are numbskulls that didn't get their prize lolipop wanting to make it so. sue sue sue.

  • ConservativeVoter Sep 20, 4:23 p.m.

    When the Republicans won the previous election, the Democrats did everything in their power to derail the Republicans agenda.

    It's only fair that the Republicans now do the same thing to the Democrats.

    What goes around, comes around.

  • ConservativeVoter Sep 20, 4:19 p.m.

    "I have yet to understand how this can be a Republican or Democrat issue...the governing of a school system. But I suppose one's ideology comes into play everywhere. I just didn't realize to this extent. sad
    me2you"

    The republicans believe in sending kids to the closest school to their house.

    The democarts believe in busing kids all over to achieve their goals of social re-engineering and diversity.

  • RockGuitar Sep 20, 4:15 p.m.

    suecrane: on the internet, I think we can tolerate a few spelling mistakes here and there. it's the content that troubles me the most.

  • me2you Sep 20, 4:12 p.m.

    I have yet to understand how this can be a Republican or Democrat issue...the governing of a school system. But I suppose one's ideology comes into play everywhere. I just didn't realize to this extent. sad

  • Crabbit Cratur Sep 20, 4:11 p.m.

    'I am glad my kids are now in college.. I feel for all parents who have to deal with this mess. The assignment plans previously a disaster but the one implemented this year is even more confusing. If 2 families move into a neighborhood next door to each other, their kids may not be going to the same schools. How does this help the "neighborhood" schools concept."

    I'm in same position....and yes whilst the old plan was not perfect, the "neighborhood" schools GOP plan is ridiculous and to compound the problem they cut the bus budget when they needed more buses to cope with the more choices offered.

  • sc2005 Sep 20, 3:56 p.m.

    ConservativeVoter and pelosi-rulz; if you are going to discuss the state of the educational system in Wake County, you should at least spell everything correctly.

  • corey3rd Sep 20, 3:40 p.m.

    Wake County Taxpayers Association want us to waste our taxpayer dollars having to deal with their whining. Do they not understand the idiocracy of their action? You don't like it - run for office. Quit suing and running up legal bills on the tax payers dime.

  • wa4mjf Sep 20, 3:28 p.m.

    Dems won, GOP lost. The Dems are entitled to do what they want for the next almost 3 1/2 years. GOP should just get outta way and work on getting good candidates to run in the next 2 elections and then the GOP can do what it wants to do.

  • ConservativeVoter Sep 20, 3:27 p.m.

    The Democrats used this tactic to derail the actions of the previous Republican school board. Now the Republicans are using the Democrats tactic.

    It's a case of what goes around comes around.

    The Democrats are reeping what they sowed.

  • Boycott_WRAL_Advertisers Sep 20, 3:07 p.m.

    I hope the adults in both parties are enjoying their

    extended --> completely politically motivated

  • CrazyFoxofCary Sep 20, 2:45 p.m.

    I am glad my kids are now in college.. I feel for all parents who have to deal with this mess. The assignment plans previously a disaster but the one implemented this year is even more confusing. If 2 families move into a neighborhood next door to each other, their kids may not be going to the same schools. How does this help the "neighborhood" schools concept.

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