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Wake County School Board Meeting With County Commissioners Gets Heated

To follow-up the recent post, More Drama, Not Solutions for Wake County Schools, the Wake County Board met with the Board of Commissioners and some of the debate became quite heated. From ABC11, emphasis added:

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — The Wake County School Board and the county’s Board of Commissioners met Thursday to discuss the ownership of new school construction.

School board members openly admit there could be a power struggle as the county wants to take ownership over the building of 26 new schools and repairs to older ones.

Both the school board and county commissioners are hoping voters will pass a multi-million dollar bond soon that will allow the new construction. What the two groups are at odds over is who would control the construction and buildings.

Board members say it is not a good idea to hand over the job to the county because there is a lot that goes into the building of a school.

They also say they felt betrayed and lied to by the commissioners, saying that they made the move to take over the construction behind the school board’s back.

“This resolution drives a wedge and drives a wedge even further, should I say between the board and the Wake County Commissioners,” school board member Deborah Prickett said.

Meanwhile, the commissioners feel the school board is too divided and voters won’t pass a bond referendum for new schools with them backing the oversight of construction.

Thursday’s meeting ran more than three hours with no resolution reached.

WRAL Video Highlights, including an exchange between Tony Gurley and Susan Evans:

Wake school board, commissioners meeting lights fuse in boards’ feud

Description: Three hours of dry discussion of school capacity, enrollment growth projections and building needs devolved into name-calling and finger-pointing Thursday morning between the Wake County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education.

School board member Keith Sutton turns up the rhetoric dial: Sutton: Feels like a hostile take-over

WRAL has the full meeting video, which runs over 3:48 minutes. Most of the fireworks come after the 2 hour mark. Almost four hours and no agreement reached. A lot complaining about power grabbing by the Wake School Board, who seem to ignore all the while the Commissioners ultimately hold the purse strings. As I’ve written previously, this school board seems more interested in territory fights and taking credit than getting the job done.

Susan Evans added to the tension, complaining about the ever-changing assignment plan – part of which is her own doing. Don’t get too bent out of shape over Tony Gurley’s exchange with Susan Evans. Evans has a little bit of a history of her own in being unprofessional. In my opinion, I am glad someone gave her a jab. Commissioner Coble was spot on when he said, “If you don’t think you were brought along, then that is a failure of leadership.”

The School board should be concentrating on academics, not construction. The recent implementation of the Common Core Standards, like in other states, is proving to already be somewhat of a disaster but there has not been a single mention of it by this school board. This board has spent its time spinning its wheels and finger pointing. It is understandable the School Board wants to be heard and has a vested interest in making sure our students have good facilities, however this board can’t even decide on protecting the ones we do have without a task force being assigned to research it. Like Coble said, it boils down to leadership and it looks like they fired the wrong guy. Color this mom unimpressed. Continue reading

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More Drama, Not Solutions for Wake County Schools

In Wake County, education fights are about the kids. If you believe that, I have Ocean front property in Kansas to sell you.

Case in point – Last night, the Democrat majority controlled Wake County School board voted to oppose transfer of ownership of system schools to the Board of Commissioners. A section of the article by the News and Observer caught my eye:

On Jan. 22, the Republican majority on the Wake Board of Commissioners approved asking for state legislation to let that panel take over ownership of schools and to be able to fund construction of charter schools. The Board of Commissioners also requested passage of a bill that would require that four of the nine school board seats be elected at-large. That would mean candidates for those seats would run countywide.

The Democratic school board majority responded by authorizing costs of as much as $100,000 to hire a lobbyist to fight the changes in the General Assembly. The county is paying former Raleigh mayor Tom Fetzer up to $25,000 to lobby on its behalf.

The reaction of the school board majority, Democrats, was to hire outside lobbyists to the tune of 100k instead of meeting with the Board of Commissioners or appropriate members of the General Assembly to discuss it. The county responded in kind, but with local representation at a quarter of the cost. This is rapidly devolving into a tug of war with Wake County’s kids tied up in the middle. Unacceptable.

At this point, taking things away from the Wake County School Board might be the best idea as they clearly cannot handle the basics without a certain degree of drama, none of which helps our kids or our schools. Putting the three-ring circus of the fight over busing for socioeconomic justice aside, let’s take a look at the board’s recent activities:

The keen financial sense of this board is astonishing.Democrats took control of the board, promptly voted Tata out and then hired a firm from Nebraska for $45k to find someone to replace him. Nice forethought there, guys. (Read more at The Pirates Cove)

The Wake County School board is also being sued for the firing of Tata by the Wake County Taxpayers Association.

The board can’t make even the most basic but most crucial decision regarding the safety of our children. They recently tabled indefinitely the discussion on guards for our schools in wake of the Newtown shootings. This tabling came on the heels of suggesting that there be guards assigned, but unarmed ones. Seriously? What is the point of that? One more body should an attack occur? Instead of making the call we need to protect our student, the board has opted instead to form a Task Force to study school safety. It’s a good thing the Legislature is not waiting on the board to move on this and have filed Senate bills 27 and 59.

Then there is all of the drama. From the weird Goldman and Malone situation to the occasional appearances by NAACP’s Reverend Barber seeking to add to his arrest record and fill his quota for crying racism, the Wake County School Board has ample theatrics. Not to be forgotten were the attacks by well-funded Left leaning and Democrat tied Super PACs on Durham Board candidate, Heather Losurdo. The attempts to smear her as a radical and a ‘tea bagger’ were unfortunately effective. Indeed, the Board has even had to deal with the gruesome murder of a member, Kathy Taft, in 2010.

Have we touched on anything resembling education of our children yet? No. I didn’t even get into how the new schools being built aren’t matching demand in the areas they are being placed. It’s politics, red tape and a lot of squabbling over territory and power.

Perhaps the county taking the building the actual schools off the clearly confused and overloaded Wake County School Board is the best thing that could happen — for all of us. Continue reading

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The Morning Links (10/5/12)

Daily Fuel Gauge Report: What are Obama’s Policies Costing You Today?
Site of the Day: Welcome | Mitt Romney for President Support our next President – Go buy something from his store today.
LL 1885′s Picks:

This isn’t good: Turkey Strikes Syria In Response To Weekend Shelling of Turkish Village
Neither is this: Panetta: We’ve Lost Track of Some Syrian Chemical Weapons
Fast and Furious Station shootout: Slain Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie mourned; second BP agent released from hospital
Instapundit: OF COURSE HE DID: Obama voted against Katrina Waiver…
Chicago Warzone update:Chicago murders up 25% from 2011 as police, residents seek solutions
We are not fooled: Jobless Claims Rise As Previous Data Revised Up Yet Again
Oh look, more ‘hype and slogans': Obama touts ‘new economic patriotism’ in post-debate Denver rally

Must Reads Of The Day:

Sensitive documents left behind at American mission in Libya
Libyans say few questions being asked about attack

Election 2012:

2012 Debate Schedule

#DenverDebate: Romney destroys the #EmptyChair
AARP bases Obama for using it to promote himself in debate
Obama and Romney to face real lie detector during debate
Missouri: Romney 49%, Obama 46%
Gut-busting: Now #Stefannochio Cutter claims ‘Obama doesn’t blame Bush for economy’
Chicago’s Susan Crown, Influential Obama ’08 Supporter, Campaigns for Romney ’12
Allen West Stalkers Barge in on Rally Unfurl Banner and Scream on Bullhorns (Video)
Report: Obama Campaign Impersonating Election Officials In Florida
Who pays Hoo? GOP counters with the mascot treatment
In the Amazon election, it’s Romney by a landslide

Election 2012 Videos

12 Million Jobs
Who Will Raise Taxes?

Foreign Affairs/The Religion of Peace:

Video shows US journalist held in Syria
In Defeat, Georgia’s President Confounds his Critics (Check out his bust of Reagan)
IKEA deletes pictures of all women from catalogs for Saudis (video)

Wait, what?:

Feds Bust Houston Spy Network Accused Of Shipping $50 Million In High-Tech Electronics To Russia
Teacher in Philly bullies student with Romney Tshirt on; likens it to KKK wearing a sheet
Thousands of Millionaires Collect Unemployment

The New Tone & New Media:

“Morning Joe” Crew Befuddled By Biden “Buried” Comment

Occupy Whatever:

10/3: “Stop The Empire” #OCCUPYTHEDEBATES | Occupy Denver
Photos: Denver Presidential Debate Protests
Warnings, tweets, Jenga off-camera at debates

Laugh or Cry – The Videos of the Day: Continue reading

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The Morning Links (9/25/12)

Daily Fuel Gauge Report: What are Obama’s Policies Costing You Today?
Site of the Day: Zilla of the Resistance Hit her tip jar!!
LL 1885′s Picks:

We’ll be done with his noise in November: President Peace Prize On 60 Minutes (videos)
Obama doublespeak: ‘I Bear Responsibility For Everything’ … ‘to Some Degree’
Obamanomics: Adding “hidden unemployed” makes the unemployment rate 10.5 percent
President Food Stamps: More Americans Added to Food Stamps Than Find Jobs
It’s about time: Three States Join Lawsuit Against Dodd-Frank
Think in terms of Obamacare…: 94 Million Exposed – The Government’s Epic Fail on Privacy
What media bias?: Networks favor Romney ‘47%’ 13-1 over Obama ‘redistribution’
Surprise!: Full audio of 1998 Obama ‘redistribution’ speech reveals liberal positions on gun control, health care, welfare reform
Bill Clinton: the 53% ‘take income out of America’ and are easily confused

Must Reads Of The Day:

Free Speech Isn’t the Problem – Jonah Goldberg – National Review Online Also see: No One Murdered Because Of This Image

Election 2012:

Presidential debate formats announced
How Big Was Obama’s Crowd in Wisconsin? MSM says 18,000, actual was 5,000 (photos and analysis)
7,000 Coloradans at Romney Rally – Photo by rickgorka • Instagram
More pictures: Over 7000+ People Rally for Romney In Denver, Colorado
Skewed and Unskewed Polls Continue reading

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The Morning Links (8/30/12)

Daily Fuel Gauge Report: What are Obama’s Policies Costing You Today?

Site of the Day: SOOPERMEXICAN
LL 1885′s Picks:

Chart of the Day: If this is the president’s idea of success, what does failure look like?
Live-blog: Hurricane Isaac batters Gulf Coast
Navy SEAL Ad: I Fought So I Never Had to See My President Bow to Anyone
War on Women: Bulletin of the Oppression of Women July 4 – August 27, 2012
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Must Reads Of The Day:

RNC 2012 – Night One Continue reading

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