Wake County Schools

Tedesco won't seek second term on Wake school board

Posted July 17, 2013

— Wake County Board of Education member John Tedesco said Wednesday that he will not run for re-election this fall.

Tedesco said he prayed on the issue for a while, but decided he wants to spend more time with his family.

He was elected in 2009, the year that Republican-backed candidates took the majority on the board, which had drawn criticism over its long-standing policy of busing for diversity. With Tedesco as an outspoken proponent of neighborhood schools, the new board majority overturned that policy in 2010, kicking off a long ideological battle over student assignment that resulted in three different assignment plans in as many years.

The 2012 election shifted the school board's balance of power to favor the Democrats. In recent months, Tedesco often found himself voting in a minority of two, alongside Deborah Prickett, after fellow Republicans Debra Goldman and Chris Malone resigned from the board.

Tedesco mounted an unsuccessful campaign for state superintendent last year but said Wednesday that he hasn't ruled out running for office in the future. 

His term expires in November.

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  • bill0 Jul 19, 11:16 a.m.

    "WestWake: "John Tedesco is married and has a child""

    He just got married while he was in office. When he decided to run for the school board, he was single and childless.

    "Uh, yes I do. I worked in the Finance Department at WCPSS for YEARS."

    Somehow I doubt that since you went on to name numerous things that bonds do not cover.

    But sure, there are cost overruns in construction projects. They happen in government projects and in private projects. That doesn't mean that we should stop building schools. That is just nutty.

  • Mommyoftwo Jul 19, 10:34 a.m.

    "I guess you have absolutely know knowledge of school spending or what a school bond funds." bill0

    Uh, yes I do. I worked in the Finance Department at WCPSS for YEARS. I am well aware as to the media "emergencies" they state and what is actuality. Has anyone ever looked into (REALLY looked into) the contracts for construction and seen who the sub contractors are in addition to the general contractors? Change requests in the MILLIONS on contracts all because WCPSS doesn't believe in holding them accountable to what they sign; especially when it's their in-laws getting the jobs.

    Trust me, I know it all too well. From Administration, Construction, Transportation, Maintenance & Operations, all of it.

  • krimson Jul 19, 9:26 a.m.

    SC2005: "I don't believe that this single, childless man from out of state suddenly decided to "fix" our school system for any reason other than to get himself on the political radar"

    WestWake: "John Tedesco is married and has a child"

    Funny that WestWake doesn't dispute any of the other accusations in SC2005's statement...

  • bill0 Jul 19, 9:12 a.m.

    ".neighborhood based assignment (used by over 95% of the school systems in the U.S.)""

    Sure - but most school systems are actually tiny. They have 1 highschool and a couple elementary schools, so they just draw a line and be done with it.

    Most urban areas either a) have terrible schools on the poor side of town or b) have some non-neighborhood based plan to create a bit more parity. That could be charters or vouchers or magnets or busing etc. That is what the old board found out when they looked at neighborhood schools and they quickly decided to scrap that idea in favor of the "choice" model.

  • timexliving Jul 18, 7:23 p.m.

    Tedesco should run for a seat in the NC legislature. He would win.

  • westernwake1 Jul 18, 7:18 p.m.

    "Of course he hasn't ruled out running for public office; that was the whole point! I don't believe that this single, childless man from out of state suddenly decided to "fix" our school system for any reason other than to get himself on the political radar-sc2005"

    As outlined in an earlier WRAL article that discussed the direct impact of the Wake County bus issues at the beginning of the school year in 2012 - John Tedesco is married and has a child in elementary school. As shown by his WCPSS Bio.

    http://www.wcpss.net/about-us/our-leadership/board-of-education/bios.html

    It's one thing to attack his record; it's another to make up your own facts.

  • free2bme Jul 18, 5:08 p.m.

    john really did try to do for himself. This is good news and lets hope he does not pop up somewhere else in public office.

  • Six String Jul 18, 4:10 p.m.

    "Of course he hasn't ruled out running for public office; that was the whole point! I don't believe that this single, childless man from out of state suddenly decided to "fix" our school system for any reason other than to get himself on the political radar-sc2005"

    BINGO!! Exactly what I have been thinking for the past several years. Now watch what he does next, it's a no brainer. You got his number.

  • ncteacher22 Jul 18, 4:06 p.m.

    Hallelujah! There really is a Santa Claus! So glad Tedesco will be out of Wake Co.'s hair!

  • dwntwnboy2 Jul 18, 3:57 p.m.

    "Don't go down with that sinking ship!!"- especially if you are part of the reason it's going down! LOL

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