Blog: Wake County March 1 school board meeting
The Wake County Board of Education discusses its 2011 legislative agenda at its board meetings Tuesday, March 1, 2011.Posted — Updated
These schools were selected from more than 2,000 magnet schools across the country based on criteria that includes innovative instructional strategies, student achievement, diversity goals and parent and community involvement.
Fifteen people are signed up to speak, many on student achievement.
There are questions from Sutton about whether the Senate legislative deadline has passed.
There is discussion about whether to submit the agenda as is and revise it at a later date but no decision.
The board hears an update on a review of the district’s grading policy. The review started about three years ago at the request of school administrators.
The purpose of the review is to ensure there is consistency in grading practices among all schools.
Among the questions asked during the review have to do with when to give students extra credit, if students should be punished with reduced grades for academic dishonest.
The board takes a look at a draft of its 2011 legislative agenda.
Board member Keith Sutton mentions recommendations released Monday by the Public School Forum of North Carolina as "food for thought," when looking at the 2011 legislative agenda.
Among those recommendations, Sutton brings up the ideas of longer school days and extending the school year by 10 days.
Margiotta says the recommendations are things that can be implemented without the approval of the Legislature, but they should be considered for funding reasons.
The school board’s Policy Committee reviewed Policy 1200, regarding the duties of the board chairperson.
The current policy doesn’t allow the chairman to vote unless there is a tie. A change of the policy would require a change of local legislation.
The concern by Board Chairman Ron Margiotta and other board members is whether the board chair is fully representing his or her district if he or she isn’t participating in the vote.
Margiotta says it’s about being able to send a message to not only his district but the entire community about his position on issues.
Some board members point out that he could still make his positions known but still not vote. Margiotta says he tries to stay out of the discussion as a chairperson.
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