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Tedesco: Upcoming school board proposal 'a doozy'

Posted March 18, 2013

— An email from Wake County school board member John Tedesco to the rest of the board warns more school-board legislation is on the way – and seems to suggest he's in the know about it.

The message, which was sent Monday and obtained by WRAL News, hints at tense discussion among board members over legislative proposals to give the county ownership of schools and redraw school board districts, two powers that currently rest with school boards in North Carolina. 

"What the General Assembly giveth, they can clearly take," Tedesco warns the board. 

"I tried to warn you to learn from our past mistakes, don't overreach and don't disregard the concerns of other elected bodies or they would not be happy," he wrote.

"Some of you said that you took that as threats and were ready for the fight," Tedesco wrote. 

"Well now you get to eat the pie you baked," he said. "I have a feeling it's just getting started." 

"Wait till you see the next piece of legislation," he ended. "Preliminary drafts suggest its a doosy! [sic]"

Tedesco said Monday night that he has no special access to legislation being drafted. He said he was speaking only of drafts that had already been circulated among all the board members.  

It's unclear why he would warn fellow board members to "wait till you see" a proposal they had already seen.

Tedesco also denied he had been working with lawmakers on proposals, saying, "I'm paying attention. I'm talking to people" at legislative events like cocktail parties. He is frequently seen around the legislative complex. 

He said he didn't intend for his message to come across as vindictive or spiteful. 

Tedesco, who lost a 2012 race for state superintendent of public instruction, said he and fellow Republican board member Deborah Prickett had urged the Democratic majority not to oppose changes sought by Republican county commissioners and state lawmakers.

"You could see the writing on the wall," he said. "It was a losing proposition to fight them anyway." 

He singled out the decision to hire a legislative lobbyist as an example of the board's "adversarial relationship" with Republican leaders.

"We should be working with them to find a solution that works for all us," said Tedesco.

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  • westernwake1 Mar 19, 7:43 p.m.

    "westernwake1 BULL HOCKEY! first..." - SouthernPackerFan

    Let's first state that your rant about how schools are funded and built elsewhere have nothing to do with the reality that over 95% of the school districts in the country use neighborhood-based assignment. Neighborhood-based assignment provides the loweest cost, highest educational results, stability, and has been successfully implemented in school districts across the country for over 60 years. This includes school districts that are growing and others that have declining enrollments (which is actually a worse problem to deal with than growth).

  • rroadrunner99 Mar 19, 2:52 p.m.

    And they are suppose to be non partisan?? Yeah...right I have an ocean front cabin in Nevada too...lol I hope they eliminate the whole crowd on the wake Co. school board.

  • free2bme Mar 19, 2:22 p.m.

    Tedesco just wants to be in the lime light. Really, most sensible people do not care what he thinks. He is such a disgrace to WCPSS board. I thought he was working united with the school board but it is apparent he cares nothing about the parents or students. He is just carrying information and circulating hear say. Doesn't he have anything productive to do?

  • superman Mar 19, 1:57 p.m.

    Godman is gone and Johnnny should be next. Garner must be real proud of their board member.

  • pappybigtuna1 Mar 19, 12:53 p.m.

    Are you all a bunch of children? Everything is Dems this GOP that, are you weak minded? Does it make you feel important to say meaningless tied together to make some kind of feeble sentence ?

    Wake up, while they argue WE PAY!

  • NC_interest Mar 19, 12:31 p.m.

    This seems like another case of Toddler politcs. It shows why the GOP can't be trusted. They are petty and vengeful. This state will probably go all democraticfor another 100 years after 8 years of these antics.

  • mptesta Mar 19, 12:29 p.m.

    Don't give that right wing extremist any publicity. He's yet another loser who won't admit he's now in the minority.

  • Grand Union Mar 19, 12:26 p.m.

    "Why don't many of you just come out and say it, "I hate the GOP and their conservative principles"!!! It appears quiet obviously in you postings."

    Sure, I hate the GOP and their conservative principles :) although I'm pretty sure "Conservative principles" is an oxymoron.

  • Grand Union Mar 19, 12:23 p.m.

    Looks like sour grapes from a GOP that lost fair and square at the last elections for the posts. Can you imagine the howls from the right if the Dems had done to Tedesco et al what the GOP are now planning for the school board?
    What a bunch of hypocrites.

  • torchhappysean Mar 19, 12:21 p.m.

    Why does this man still have a seat on the board?? It seems to me that because his political career isn't working out he is taking it out on the parents of Wake Co. schoolchildren.. Enough already!!!

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