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  • rushbot Feb 8, 5:21 p.m.

    I sure wish Tedesco would go back to from wherever he originated! This guy does not belong in NC politics.

  • krimson Feb 7, 3:14 p.m.

    RoadRider18 - When you write to your State Rep, please be sure to mention that the County Commissioners hired their own Lobbyist, instigating the Board of Education to do the same...

  • roadrider18 Feb 7, 11:48 a.m.

    A governmental entity of elected officials hiring a lobbyist to influence another elected governmental entity with OUR tax dollars should be illegal.

    This is nothing but waste and abuse of precious taxpayer dollars earmarked for the education of our children. NOT money to line the pocket of some greedy/lobbying lawyer.

    I will be writing my State reps requesting legislation prohibiting the use of taxpayer dollars to lobby any governmental official or entity in or on behalf of North Carolina.

    This diversion of taxpayer dollars away from our children should be....F R A U D !!!

  • me2you Feb 7, 9:04 a.m.

    Can someone please explain why being Democrat or Republican should matter if you serve on the school board. Yes, I know that's reality now, but why?

  • Ex-Republican Feb 6, 6:44 p.m.

    Do we really need a school board? Really? About the only purpose they serve is giving the news media something to write about.

  • Tax Man Feb 6, 5:53 p.m.

    All of the school board members should be elected at large by all the voters of the county, not specific districts. These folks represent all of us in education matters and should be responsible to all of us, not just a few folks in one district. Also they should be able to hire a lobbyist but they should pay from their own pockets, not ours! They are the ones wanting to have someone represent them, not us! I am very happy my kids graduated a long time ago before this became such a mess.

  • krimson Feb 6, 4:43 p.m.

    "how do we go about throwing the whole group off the board?"

    Voting...

  • krimson Feb 6, 4:41 p.m.

    "All I'm saying is that I don't think it's fair that voters cannot vote on the people who make decisions on the schools our taxes support. All I want is to be able to hold these officials accountable at the ballot box. It's beyond me why others would not feel the same way."

    Understandable, but should we complain that we cannot vote in the Virginia Senate Race, or the SC House Race, even though those elected representative go on and make decisions in DC that influence NC???

    As for changes to specific schools, someone more familiar could probably tell us, but I don't think individual members can make changes to individual schools in their districts w/o first getting the approval from the rest of the board???

  • ncteacher22 Feb 6, 4:24 p.m.

    Ok...how do we go about throwing the whole group off the board?I used to be proud of Wake Co.(the board did it's job, you never heard a peep out of them) Now Wake Co. has become a joke!

  • cjw6105 Feb 6, 4:18 p.m.

    As of next month, there will be 2 districts in Wake County where the voters had no say on their representative, who was chosen by the other board members that they could not vote for.

    I understand how the districts work in Wake County. What I don't understand is why my neighborhood can be assigned to a school that lies in another district under the jurisdiction of a school board representative who I cannot vote for.

    This is a big deal when that board member wants to change programs in that school.

    I'm not making a case here for either liberals or conservatives. All I'm saying is that I don't think it's fair that voters cannot vote on the people who make decisions on the schools our taxes support. All I want is to be able to hold these officials accountable at the ballot box. It's beyond me why others would not feel the same way.

  • krimson Feb 6, 4:17 p.m.

    "Commissioners have to answer to a countywide vote, so why shouldn't school board members do likewise?"

    Alternatively, shouldn't we be asking why the Commissioners are selected via county-wide vote, and not by their Districts alone??? Do we really want people that live clear on the other side of the County influencing whom we elect to be our District Representatives???

  • krimson Feb 6, 4:13 p.m.

    "Can you not see the difference?"

    There is no difference. An ad hominem attack is an ad hominem attack. It matters not that you perceive one post as "unrelated"...

  • ICTrue Feb 6, 3:53 p.m.

    "This is coming from the guy, who said in the post made 3min. prior:

    "This group of clowns will go down in history as the worst that Wake County has ever seen."
    Hilarious..." watts1000

    Can you not see the difference? One comment was about the group of people that the article is written about and one was just some off-the-wall attack completely unrelated to the story. get it?? I know it can be difficult for narrow-minded liberals.

  • Nancy Feb 6, 3:51 p.m.

    ""Commissioners have to answer to a countywide vote, so why shouldn't school board members do likewise?"

    to which, UK responds:

    "because school districts are based on Counties."

    Brilliant. Wake County Public Schools/Wake County Commissioners.

    I guess that one flew too high...

  • babedan Feb 6, 3:48 p.m.

    Once again the school board wants to cry for more money, raise taxes etc, and they waste the money they get on a lobbyest. That 100000 could have been used to hire how many Teachers? How many Teachers aides? Bought how many books? And yet we have left leaning posters like Grand Union praising them, then griping because they have no money. That is how things work for the left. Let's waste the money then cry for more.

  • Grand Union Feb 6, 3:09 p.m.

    "Commissioners have to answer to a countywide vote, so why shouldn't school board members do likewise?"

    because school districts are based on Counties. This is just sour garpes because the people of Wake county threw Art Popes lackeys out at the first opportunity. He couldn't get his way using Tedesco et all and now he is trying to do it by overthrowing a democratically elected board. Its a pity they need a lobbyist but its not them that made this whole thing political.

  • krimson Feb 6, 3:08 p.m.

    "best they can do is some off-the-wall ad hominem attack"

    This is coming from the guy, who said in the post made 3min. prior:

    "This group of clowns will go down in history as the worst that Wake County has ever seen."

    Hilarious...

  • Grand Union Feb 6, 3:05 p.m.

    ""It's so about time someone took the power away from your left leaning friends on the school board. Their constant theft and waste of our tax money ends now. Too bad you couldn't help contribute to this positive development. -WakeTheSpitUp"

    They were elected to this specific job.....and very clearly to get rid of the comical tea party board run by Margiatto(sp?) Tedesco etc.

  • Grand Union Feb 6, 3:02 p.m.

    "This group of clowns will go down in history as the worst that Wake County has ever seen."

    no that already happened when Tedesco and Prom Girl got on the board.

  • Grand Union Feb 6, 3:01 p.m.

    "Even the left fringe nuts can't defend this school board. The best they can do is some off-the-wall ad hominem attack on the GOP, who has nothing to do with any of this."

    what color is the sky on your planet???? The GOP has EVERYTHING to do with this.

  • krimson Feb 6, 2:52 p.m.

    Why no comments related to the fact that the County Commissioners hired ex-Mayor Fetzer to be their own Lobbyist in this matter???

  • ICTrue Feb 6, 2:30 p.m.

    "Why not just do away with democracy and put some fire-breathing preacher in charge? Then the GOPs path toward Afghanistan-style fascist theocracy would be complete..."
    Cary Commie

    Even the left fringe nuts can't defend this school board. The best they can do is some off-the-wall ad hominem attack on the GOP, who has nothing to do with any of this.

  • ICTrue Feb 6, 2:27 p.m.

    The embarrassments just keep piling up for these guys. Every move they make is a waste of money and conter-productive to trying to actually run the schools. This group of clowns will go down in history as the worst that Wake County has ever seen.

  • krimson Feb 6, 2:24 p.m.

    "The only real interest that Wake School Board Chairman Keith Sutton has is finding a way to keep Wake voters from holding him and the other board members accountable at the ballot box."

    We had elections 2 and 4 years ago. Where we you?


    "Once again, angry parents will rant against board members who'll run their "assigned" schools but whose names won't appear on those parents' voting ballots."

    Districting... You vote for a representative for your District. Unless Sutton lives in your District, or you move to his, there is nothing you can do to stop the people that live in his District from re-electing him. And if you do live in his District, don't vote for him.

    That's how Representative Democracy works...

  • Cary Progressive Feb 6, 2:12 p.m.

    "It's so about time someone took the power away from your left leaning friends on the school board. Their constant theft and waste of our tax money ends now. Too bad you couldn't help contribute to this positive development. -WakeTheSpitUp"

    Why not just do away with democracy and put some fire-breathing preacher in charge? Then the GOPs path toward Afghanistan-style fascist theocracy would be complete. Here's some info for you on the right wing groups interested in theocracy. http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/topics/dominionism

  • cjw6105 Feb 6, 1:47 p.m.

    The only real interest that Wake School Board Chairman Keith Sutton has is finding a way to keep Wake voters from holding him and the other board members accountable at the ballot box.

    It'll cost $100,000 to do this, but it's only chump change to a system awash in money. School officials are going to write their latest 6-figure check to a legislative lobbyist, probably a liberal, whose primary job will be to keep as many voters as possible from electing this school board.

    Here in Wake County, your kids can be assigned anywhere on the map, and believe me that with racial busing on its way back, neighborhood schools will again be abolished for distant forced magnet or even year-round assignment, even if gas goes to $5 a gallon. Once again, angry parents will rant against board members who'll run their "assigned" schools but whose names won't appear on those parents' voting ballots.

    Commissioners have to answer to a countywide vote, so why shouldn't school board members do likewise?

  • Grand Union Feb 6, 1:23 p.m.

    "Now keep an eye on the school bond issue. Yeah, right. Give these clowns more money to waste."

    A bond would pass without any problems in Wake County.....just because the rest of the State seems set on going back to the 19th century doesn't mean Wake County will.

  • ncteacher22 Feb 6, 1:19 p.m.

    bitsayjimlarson....you can get more than two teachers for that! Try three veterans or four new ones! It disgusts me that they would actually consider, let alone report to the media, that they want to pay that much for a lobbyist!

  • NiceNSmooth Feb 6, 1:05 p.m.

    Speaking of a power grab, how about infiltrating a PRIVATE organization such as the BSA to allow gays and lesbians when it goes against their belief system?

    oh like the private clubs would not allow African Americans membership?

  • paultaylorsr100 Feb 6, 12:59 p.m.

    Now keep an eye on the school bond issue. Yeah, right. Give these clowns more money to waste.

  • paultaylorsr100 Feb 6, 12:58 p.m.

    This is soooo funny. I told you so!!! Get you government issued school uniforms ready so your kids can all look alike, walk alike, talk alike, speak alike, group hug alike, etc., etc. Whaaaaaaa haaaaaaa!!

  • paultaylorsr100 Feb 6, 12:56 p.m.

    This is sooooo funny.

  • jljwcj Feb 6, 12:56 p.m.

    To Cary Progressive

    Speaking of a power grab, how about infiltrating a PRIVATE organization such as the BSA to allow gays and lesbians when it goes against their belief system? How about supporting a president who was against gay marriage in 2008 but isn't in 2012...hhmmm How about supporting a liberal president who has destroyed our constitution since he has been in office. How about supporting a liberal president who keeps spending without any end in sight and criticized Bush for spending money when he was running for office. Two faced if you ask me. It's people like you who are destroying everything our great forefathers stood for. Why do liberals believe hard working people should share their hard earned money with those who chose not to work? As Obama said he supports "some form" of redistributation of wealth. hhmmm again. Their aint nuttin right about two men sleeping together. No matter what angle, spin or whatever you want to put on it. JMHO

  • BigSteamnTurd Feb 6, 12:49 p.m.

    "if your repub commissioners weren't trying their power grab, this wouldn't be happening."

    It's so about time someone took the power away from your left leaning friends on the school board. Their constant theft and waste of our tax money ends now. Too bad you couldn't help contribute to this positive development.

  • wa4mjf Feb 6, 12:46 p.m.

    The county has wanted to build the schools for years. The county is exempt from sales tax, the BoE is not. Think of the savings for each school built.

  • wasone Feb 6, 11:49 a.m.

    Well, We all know that the Wake School Board is not the smartest bunch in the county and now they have hired someone to think for them.

  • Nancy Feb 6, 11:31 a.m.

    Wonder how the teachers feel about the lobbyist? Do they feel shoved aside - again - by this new group? Tata at least gave them a one time small bonus and paid attention to the classroom needs.

  • bitsayjimlarson Feb 6, 10:58 a.m.

    Let's see - we can hire two teachers or a lobbyist. Which one will help kids learn more? I wonder?? Will the lobbyist also get a little pocket change to help grease palms?

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 6, 10:42 a.m.

    No one ever said that those folks are the brightest and best you could vote for.

  • momeeee Feb 6, 10:28 a.m.

    Hiring a lobbyist is not the way to go. This board is an embarrassment

  • Cary Progressive Feb 6, 10:02 a.m.

    "What a great use of education funds....a lobbyist. Good job demoncrats -arfamr1007"

    Demoncrats. Just another GOPer trying to dehumanize people who aren't far right like them. Common "Dominionist" tactic.

    http://www.theocracywatch.org/dominionism.htm

  • Cary Progressive Feb 6, 9:57 a.m.

    "Requesting that the Superintendent hire a lobbyist? What an absurd waste of tax dollars! Government entities should not be hiring lobbyists to lobby other government entities. -westernwake"

    What's outrageous is that the commissioners are trying their power grab. No other counties are having their powers taken away like this! Typical republican behavior: they lose elections and try to take power other ways, like with their electoral college rigging they're trying on the national level. Depraved people in the GOP.

  • Mousey Feb 6, 9:35 a.m.

    "Funny contrast between this story where these people will have a direct impact on our children in Wake where a body is replacing a board member...and the firestorm in the other story where regulatory boards are being gutted for replacement. To the victors go the spoils..."

    Yeah, it's funny how we're definitely not seeing the same level of bellyaching and outrage over both in their respective comments sections.

  • westernwake1 Feb 6, 9:29 a.m.

    Requesting that the Superintendent hire a lobbyist? What an absurd waste of tax dollars! Government entities should not be hiring lobbyists to lobby other government entities.

  • krimson Feb 6, 9:18 a.m.

    arfamr: "NC has a much higher per student rate of spending than many states that get better results."

    NC spent $8409 per student in 2010, Wake spent $7727 in the same time period. That was 45th highest in the nation, when the national average was $10615.

    In terms of ranking in Math and Science in 2011, we are 36th (SERI). By the estimations of the Center for Business and Economics Research, we are 32nd.

    At the same time, we are ranked 41st in Teacher Salary...

    All this info is easily found via Google...

    I'm sure there are areas of the country that produce better results per dollar spent, but overall NC has an extremely good result per dollar... YMMV...

  • Grand Union Feb 6, 9:16 a.m.

    "The liberal School Board continues to make a clear case that they are not competent, able, and willing to do what's best for Wake County citizens and students."

    The voters decided that issue when they voted for this "Liberal" board over the tea party nuts like Tedesco and Goldman.

  • Bartmeister Feb 6, 9:16 a.m.

    A lobbyist? Preposterous. An admission of failure.

    ======================

    Some would argue guilt by absence.

  • nav2011Raleigh Feb 6, 9:16 a.m.

    Sutton is very disfunctional! A waste of tax dollars and a waste of time. But, they had Perdue and Easley for 12 years to learn the tactics!
    Every parent should be in an up roar if they care about their kids education!

  • FlyingTurtles Feb 6, 9:15 a.m.

    It's time the County Commissioners and the State legislature step in and fix this. We've had enough of these political zealots masquerading as persons who care about "the children". Take away their power to make decisions on infrastructure and ban them for busing for any reason other than distance. It's time we got the legislature involved so that a leash and a muzzle can be applied to Susan Evans and the rest of these fanatics.

  • Grand Union Feb 6, 9:13 a.m.

    "A lobbyist? Preposterous. An admission of failure."

    No its the new reality created by the GOP. They are out to destroy anyone and anything that stands in the way of their corporate take over of our state.

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