Wake BOC Candidate John Burns Mocks Travel Ban

This is a guy running for an office of controlling the purse strings in Wake County.   He apparently thinks concern over Ebola is hilarious and should be mocked.

 In a press release, Wake GOP Chair blasted Burns:

  “Mr. Burns surely has a right to his own opinion, but it is outrageous for someone running to represent Wake County to make these kinds of close minded, intolerant and demeaning public statements,” Williams continued.    

John Burns is endorsed by the Wake County Democrat Party for the District 7 seat on the Wake County Board of Commissioners. According to the News & Observer (10/26/14), he is a “lawyer and community activist… with tremendous leadership potential.”   

“I’d like to see some of that ‘leadership potential’ right now from Mr. Burns, by his apologizing for tweets & retweets which belittle and demean the majority of Americans,” said Williams. “Someone who wants to represent Wake County should be open to any idea that might protect our citizens, especially with an international airport and multiple medical research facilities in the area.”

News and Observer picked up the story as the Wake GOP came out critical of Burn’s tweet. The tail end of that N&O report says Wake schools are asking students about travel to W. Africa. I’d add that NC’s Dept. of Health and Human Services has a full dashboard up for this. 

Still have snide remarks for a travel ban, Mr. Burns?

Just a reminder about what else Mr. Burns finds funny and he has a pattern of ‘belittling and demeaning':

 

Related Reading:  Who’s a ‘Bully,’ @GregFlynn? Democrat Operative Targets North Carolina Mom

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WCSB Member Zora Felton Wants To Dig Into Your Kid’s Religion?

In the name of making sure your kid succeeds, Wake County School Board member Zora Felton wants to include your kid’s religion into the mix as part of the costly Wake County Strategic plan.

In theory, the belief that “every student will learn and succeed; therefore, eliminating the predictability of achievement based on ability, income, and race” wouldn’t seem to be too controversial.

But that proposed core belief in the Wake County school system’s draft strategic plandrew some interesting comments at last week’s school board work session. School board member Jim Martin called it a platitude, citing his N.C. State students as an example. Board member Zora Felton suggested they include religion into the belief statement. - News and Observer

That strategic plan? Chock full of Common Core and costing taxpayers over $58k so far. See the related reads at the bottom of the page.

So, let’s be clear here. In the age of Common Core, where our kids are being data tracked to Hell and back, this wacky board want to add in religion?

Inquiring and tracking religious affiliation is something the law, SB 815, expressly prohibits by the way. Is this board and Ms. Felton suggesting the law be violated in the name of making their numbers look better ‘achievement’?

There’s more. Further down in the N&O article, Felton channels Joe Biden:

Later on during Tuesday’s work session, Felton suggested incorporating religion as one of the things to eliminate the predictability of achievement upon.

“I would like to maybe think about adding religion,” Felton said. “It’s not only ability, income, race. It’s sometimes religion. Just because I’m a Hindu from India doesn’t mean I’m smart.”  – News and Observer

YEP. We’re in the very best of hands here in Wake County.

 

Related Reads:

N&O Op-Ed Skips Mention Of “Strategic Plan” Cost

WCPSS’s Envision “Strategic Plan” And Phil Kirk

Wake Cty Schools “Strategic Plan”? More Common Core.

 

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NC DPI Gave Media Outlet Private Charter School Information

Another day, another political agenda item pushed by NC DPI and Superintendent Atkinson.

First, flashback to April, 2014 via Charlotte Observer:

“Charter schools are set up and organized as public schools. Therefore I believe salaries are to be open to the public for review,” state Superintendent June Atkinson said Monday.

Atkinson said that when the N.C. Department of Public Instruction said in March that charter salaries are not subject to public disclosure, “our attorneys misunderstood the question.”

 

Now flash forward.

DPI apparently gave a Charter school’s salary info to a media outlet.
Oops… or something, right?

Cute way to force the issue.

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#NC50 House Race: Chaney vs Meyer

A little under a year ago, Graig Meyer was appointed to the NC General Assembly for district 50.

Appointed. Not elected. 


District 50 now has the opportunity to remove Meyer before he does any more damage. Check out his opponent, Rod Chaney.

Since that appointment, he’s seemingly pushed nothing but far Left liberal ideas and towed his party’s line. His escapades include supporting the fundamentally flawed and experimental Common Core standards.  Meyer claims to oppose over-testing, yet Common Core is jam-packed with that. The guy is clueless.

I watched Meyer spout debunked pro-core talking point after talking point at an NCGA Common Core legislative research committee meeting this past Spring. He ignored the pleas of the parents who came to speak out and instead, championed a set of copyrighted standards and the unaccountable D.C. trade groups who own them.

Not surprising, since Mr. Meyer only represents like-minded people and likes to play politics with our kids. Check out this rather hateful tweet. Does Mr. Meyer realize his attempt to smear opposition includes parents, teachers and students from ALL walks of life?  Apparently not:  

Supporting Education? Not by the looks of his record.

Meyer has been the primary sponsor of three bills. One of which is to repeal Opportunity Scholarships that benefit low-income and minority students. Mr. Meyer has a strange way of ‘supporting education’ by attempting to remove those scholarships.

Perhaps his ‘white guilt’ isn’t strong enough for him to see the damage undoing those scholarships will do to minority and low-income students?

Yes, Meyer is ashamed of his “whiteness“.  Insert eyeroll and sigh here.  Wasn’t afraid of all the “whiteness” here though:

Forward, Together! Naturally, he’s a big spending, big government, all your kids belong to us fan of Moral Monday:

Naturally he’s endorsed by Moral Monday partners:

Here’s another fun tweet or two here; never let a good crisis go to waste:

 

You have a choice, NC 50. Take back your district.

Take back your voice from this appointed liberal.

Check out his opponent, Rod Chaney.

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Wake Commissioner Candidate Slammed On Education, UNC Report

Wake Citizens Coalition slams “More at Four” Wake County Commissioner candidate. News and Observer hardest hit?

“Matt Calabria noted the “major’s popularity among undergraduate students …” The Wainstein report did also.

The difference? Wainstein soberly reported the sham that the Department of African and Afro-American Studies is. Matt Calabria used it for his personal political advancement.

Now Matt Calabria wants to lecture others about educational excellence in Wake County. Maybe Matt should spend a little more time in Wake County beyond the few brief years he’s been here. He might actually learn something.”

OUCH. That’s gonna leave a mark.

Full email below:

From: Wake Citizens Coalition
Date: October 27, 2014 at 9:09:05 PM EDT
Subject: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MATT CALABRIA PLAYS POLITICS WITH EDUCATION … AGAIN
To: WAKE CITIZENS COALITION

October 27, 2014 Contact: Joey Stansbury

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MATT CALABRIA:

PLAYING POLITICS WITH EDUCATION …. AGAIN

 

THE WAINSTEIN REPORT:

“Between 1993 and 2011, Crowder and Nyang’oro developed and ran a “shadow curriculum” within the AFAM Department that provided students with academically flawed instruction through the offering of “paper classes.” These were classes that involved no interaction with a faculty member, required no class attendance or course work other than a single paper, and resulted in consistently high grades that Crowder awarded without reading the papers or otherwise evaluating their true quality.”

Page 3 – Wainstein Report

“It became common knowledge among certain quarters of the student and student-athlete body that Crowder did not grade paper-class papers with a discriminating eye and that a student could receive a high grade for turning in a paper of any quality. As a result, a significant proportion of the papers submitted in these classes included large amounts of unoriginal text. In a number of cases, students submitted papers with original introductions and conclusions, but with copied “fluff” text in between, because they knew that Crowder typically just skimmed the beginning and the end of a paper before awarding a high grade.”

Page 4 – Wainstein Report (emphasis added)

For the Wainstein Report’s full text, click here.

 

THE MATT CALABRIA CAMPAIGN:

Creating a Graduate Program in African and Afro-American Studies

Chancellor Moeser has made clear his intent to add more graduate degree programs, through addition by subtraction. This mean departments and students seeking to create additional majors and new terminal degree programs need to present compelling cases to win approval. For over a decade, the Black Student Movement (BSM) and other groups on campus have fought for the creation of a graduate program in AFRI- and AFAM studies, touting the major’s popularity among undergraduate students and success at attracting highly-qualified minority faculty to campus.

Matt Calabria supports their efforts and as his first act in office, will seek to lay the groundwork for the creation of a doctorate program in African and Afro-American Studies. He has already worked with Dr. Maria DeGuzman to pioneer the creation of the Latino/a Studies program, so he understands the efforts and arguments necessary to bring a great idea into action. With the recent completion of the Sonja Hayes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, a 10,000 volume library will be available to students and scholars alike to promote the cause of African and Afro-American Studies. Matt believes the time is right to put the capstone on this successful program.

Platform – Matt Calabria for Student Body President 2004 (emphasis added)

For the platform’s full text, click here.

Raleigh, NC – Wake County Board of Commissioner’s (not Board of Education) candidate Matt Calabria has made education his campaign’s cornerstone. This is not the first time that Matt Calabria has campaigned for public office in North Carolina. And it’s not the first time that he’s made education his campaign’s political poster child either.

In 2004 then student Matt Calabria ran for UNC-CH Student Body President. He made education the centerpiece of his Student Body President campaign.

How?

“… as his first act in office, will seek to lay the groundwork for the creation of a doctorate in African and Afro-American Studies.”

Why?

“Matt believes the time is right to put the capstone on this successful program.”

“SUCCESSFUL”

Matt Calabria noted the “major’s popularity among undergraduate students …” The Wainstein report did also.

The difference? Wainstein soberly reported the sham that the Department of African and Afro-American Studies is. Matt Calabria used it for his personal political advancement.

Now Matt Calabria wants to lecture others about educational excellence in Wake County. Maybe Matt should spend a little more time in Wake County beyond the few brief years he’s been here. He might actually learn something.

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