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Electronic Monitors Aren’t Just For Adults Anymore

A variety of criminals are given electronic monitors to track their activities as a condition of parole and probation. These monitors have typically been on adult criminal offenders.
Not anymore.

WSCOTV is reporting that right here in North Carolina, the number of kids with these type of monitors on has “skyrocketed”.

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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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