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  • krimson Jan 24, 8:41 a.m.

    Can't win??? Change the rules...

  • bill15 Jan 23, 6:08 p.m.

    Goldman and Tedesco for County Commissioners!

  • superman Jan 23, 3:54 p.m.

    The County Commissioners are only a step away from being as bad as the school board. We dont need the fox watching the hen house. Wouldnt trust the CC to shovel dirt.

  • Zealotry Jan 23, 3:00 p.m.

    IpayYoupay: "While I am unaffiliated, the Republicans still can't convince me to "come on over". They are selfish and disrespectful and that is simply not me. I am also not willing to give the shirt off my mom's back to the nearest person that just walks up and asks for something either. But the Republicans have a lot of convincing to do to win me over"

    You are not affiliated??? Hmmmmm Sounds like you ARE!

  • free2bme Jan 22, 5:30 p.m.

    And the GOP has a nerve to complain about big goverment. What is this??

  • free2bme Jan 22, 5:23 p.m.

    Why didn't they take over when parents and students were going to jail at school board meetings. Why didn't they take over when the police had to be at school board mettings. NC is so sad and full of Tea Partyers that are mad that the WCPSS school board is not Republican control. I will be so glad when this state is overtaken with minorities and becomes more diverse. It is only a matter of time and they will not have control of this state. Things will change in the next ten years or so and all people will be fairly represented.

  • Wake1 Jan 22, 5:16 p.m.

    If I were on the school board, it would not matter if I was Republican or Democrat - I would work to do what is best for ALL the kids to the best of my ability & nothing would be done for my benefit or benefit of a few. I would listen to others ideas, especially the parents that are involved in the schools and the teachers as well as students. I wish the current members would act that way!

  • bkb Jan 22, 4:19 p.m.

    I don't agree with the idea of at-large seats for the Wake County School Board. Being from Eastern Wake, we definitely need someone who will actually work for the students in this area.

  • IPayYouPay Jan 22, 3:04 p.m.

    While I am unaffiliated, the Republicans still can't convince me to "come on over". They are selfish and disrespectful and that is simply not me. I am also not willing to give the shirt off my mom's back to the nearest person that just walks up and asks for something either. But the Republicans have a lot of convincing to do to win me over.

  • IPayYouPay Jan 22, 3:02 p.m.

    Republicans are always cooking up "taking over". I figured it was only about Republican versus Democrats - they have no care at all about the kids of the county - except maybe their little Republicans growing up.

  • concerncitizen Jan 22, 1:33 p.m.

    Yet another example of the Republican/Tea Party attempting to make this a one party country! This is only the beginning. The Republican/Tea Party has complete governing power over the state. The rule of law means nothing to these people! Everywhere individuals seek to be represented and vote individually our rights are being attacked, and where the law has ruled against there plans, they seek other ways around laws and verdicts! Home grown terrorist!

  • mytrish Jan 22, 1:30 p.m.

    "It's their aim to circumvent the will of the school board," he said.
    Well, the school board has been circumventing the will of the parents for years. Time for you to see how it feels.

  • torchhappysean Jan 22, 1:06 p.m.

    So once again our children's education is going to be politicaly controled? Has everyone already forgotten the political battles last year that totally ruined our school system and made Wake Co. the laughing stock of the ENTIRE US??Here's what I think should happen: IF any school board member mentions ANYTHING political or trys to, by their actions, promote a political agenda of ANY KIND, that board member should be immediatly terminated and banned from ALL school property forever!!!

  • handbasket Jan 22, 12:41 p.m.

    sounds like a GREAT idea! I support the Wake County Commission Chairman Bryan.

  • That Explains It Jan 22, 12:16 p.m.

    "I see that as an obvious power grab by the leadership of the county commissioners," school board chairman Keith Sutton said Monday.

    One can only read it and laugh. Nothing like stating the obvious. I'm sure my 2 year old would feel the same way if I took away her lolly pop.

  • venitapeyton Jan 22, 12:08 p.m.

    Should be interesting. The Wake County Board of Commissioner race is partisan, during even numbered years. The Wake School board members are elected in odd numbered years in nonpartisan elections - no matter how many people are on the ballot for a given district. Municipality (town board) elections in many areas are also held during odd years.

  • bill0 Jan 22, 11:55 a.m.

    "Good point about children not attending school where the parents have board representation.....Can anyone argue with this?"

    Yes. The representatives are supposed to represent the voters in their district. It has nothing to do with where a particular kids attends school. In fact, the VAST majority of voters do not have kids in any school.

    The idea of districts is that different areas of the county really do have different priorities and needs. eg what works in wendell doesn't necessarily work in downtown raleigh. Voting by district makes sure that each of those areas are represented when county wide decisions are being made.

  • 2kidz1hub Jan 22, 11:48 a.m.

    So are they looking for legislative change for all of the county school boards -- or just Wake County? Why would our Legislature make a change for "one" county and not maintain consistency for all 100 counties?

    Seems like we are moving backwards. I was hoping with a new chairman of the BOE and and new chairman of the commissioners, there would be some effort to work together -- but NOT! More of the same.

  • TiminNCisBack Jan 22, 11:44 a.m.

    "Good point about children not attending school where the parents have board representation. If the students are hauled all over the county to meet whatever agenda the school board is working it's likely that many will be attending schools in districts other than where they live. This would mean that their parents have no say in who is representing their childrens' schools. There should be either neighborhood schools or at-large elections.
    rwest134"

    Can anyone argue with this?

  • superman Jan 22, 11:39 a.m.

    The problem now with the board is that they spend so much time trying to please the parents they dont have time for their real agenda. Forget the parents--make every school year round. I wont vote for another bond issue when they have schools vacant for 2 to 3 months. Use the buildings you have before you ask for more money. Money doesnt grow on trees except in Kary.

  • justabumer Jan 22, 11:12 a.m.

    Good point about children not attending school where the parents have board representation. If the students are hauled all over the county to meet whatever agenda the school board is working it's likely that many will be attending schools in districts other than where they live. This would mean that their parents have no say in who is representing their childrens' schools. There should be either neighborhood schools or at-large elections.

  • cjw6105 Jan 22, 11:06 a.m.

    Since when is being allowed hold school board members accountable at the ballot box trying to circumvent their will?

  • SouthernPackerFan Jan 22, 10:55 a.m.

    The ONLY reason that county wide elections are being proposed if because republicans didn't win the elections by district. The county commissioners did not propose this when a republican board was elected. In fact, many of these same board members were out talking about how the "majority" had finally spoken when the republicans were elected.

    bill0
    could you imagine this comment section if a Dem majority did this?

  • sbr1963 Jan 22, 10:37 a.m.

    Wonderful idea! Especially the at-large board seats. My kids don't attend school where I have board representation, most of us don't. So in general, I don't have board representation. Well, right now none of has decent board representation. There will need to be major changes before I support any bond issues.

  • bill0 Jan 22, 10:31 a.m.

    "All of this is within the same county and will continue to be. Nice partisan attack but it's inaccurate and doesn't have anything to do with partisan politics. This talk has been going on through several boards, regardless of which party was in control at the time."

    UGh - try again. The elections are by district, not by county. The commissioners are also elected by district. Moving those up to the county level absolutely is reducing local control. You would no longer have a local school board representative.

    The ONLY reason that county wide elections are being proposed if because republicans didn't win the elections by district. The county commissioners did not propose this when a republican board was elected. In fact, many of these same board members were out talking about how the "majority" had finally spoken when the republicans were elected.

  • Deb1003 Jan 22, 9:54 a.m.

    The Wake County School Board has proven they're irresponsible in regards to money and getting beyond politics to run the schools of Wake County. Strip them of their powers and maybe we'll get people in office that actually have the children's best interest at heart and won't bow down to every whim of "Rev" Barber.

  • Paladin2 Jan 22, 9:39 a.m.

    Good idea! The Wake County BOE certainly can't be trusted to handle the job themselves - thanks to Barber and his lemmings.

  • carlostheass Jan 22, 9:37 a.m.

    "So, republicans are for "local control". Of course, if that "local" doesn't vote republican, then local control goes out the back door and we need to have county wide elections?" --bill0

    All of this is within the same county and will continue to be. Nice partisan attack but it's inaccurate and doesn't have anything to do with partisan politics. This talk has been going on through several boards, regardless of which party was in control at the time.

  • bill0 Jan 22, 9:03 a.m.

    So, republicans are for "local control". Of course, if that "local" doesn't vote republican, then local control goes out the back door and we need to have county wide elections? Of course, those same county commissioners proposing this would continue to have districts and not be voted on county wide. Nice principled stand.

  • itlsss Jan 22, 8:45 a.m.

    I sincerely hope that the Legislature nueters that bunch of air-heads on the school board and puts some reason back into the running of the school system.

  • Scubagirl Jan 22, 8:45 a.m.

    From all I've read about the Wake Co. School Board over the last year I would think this might be a good idea. The board has certainly not done much other than bicker.

  • Bartmeister Jan 22, 8:31 a.m.

    Not sure about the Board of Commissioners, but I do feel the School Board is a weak and broken MASH unit. I'd trust the commissioners before that group of misfits.

  • corey3rd2 Jan 22, 8:05 a.m.

    Thanks for burying this story cause people don't need to know that a Wake County Board that over the last few years is obsessed with keeping the United Nations from taking over Raleigh is now making a power grab over education.

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