More folks are getting into the Wake County Public School’s Board race.
Gil Pagan (pronounce pah-gahn) has jumped in to challenge Jim Martin. Now former teachers Sheila Ellis has entered the race to challenge Monika Johnson-Hostler.
Before you get excited, read a little.
Former teacher Sheila W. Ellis is hoping to be elected to the District 1 seat on the Wake County school board that includes parts of seven municipalities, stretching from northwest Raleigh to eastern Wake and into Garner
Ellis, 44, taught for 20 years, including at East Wake Middle School where she was known by the last name of Mazzeo. Ellis, now an independent insurance agent, said she thinks her experience as both a teacher and a parent would benefit the school board.
Ellis is a registered Republican and the officially non-partisan school board has a Democratic majority. But Ellis said she’s not running as a vocal critic of the school board.
“I think the school board is headed in the right direction in terms of its growth,” Ellis said. “I think they’re going to take their responsibility of trying to to keep teachers in the workforce. I think they’re moving in the right direction.”
Sigh. Time for a reality check.
This board’s ‘growth’ has been in all the wrong places. Everything from mis-estimating actual student growth to being incapable of working within a nearly $1.5 billion dollar budget.
Their ‘growth’ has been in social justice manipulations and not an actual academic emphasis. Their student assignment plans have given parents whiplash. This board couldn’t get busing schedules under control until 4 months into the 2015-16 school year.
This board is more concerned with the desires of Far Left groups than they are with actual parent concerns. They were so worried about appearances, they didn’t bother to do an actual inquiry after a collection of these groups sued them. Instead, they hired a “Director of Diversity Affairs”, likely as an appeasement tactic.
The WCPSS board’s various cases of mismanagement, their love of Common Core, focus on social justice and their continual condescension towards parents has arguably been driving force behind Wake county becoming the number one district for homeschooling.
Your opponent had been cited twice on this blog.
First, Johnson-Hostler is dangerously clueless, like the rest of the board, on Common Core.
Second, she also can’t manage her own finances, yet is sitting on a board with budget of around $1.5 billion dollars.
And for an added bonus, Johnson-Hostler was and still is backed by Greater Schools In Wake — which is basically a left leaning political outfit masquerading as a ‘education non-profit’.
Take notes, please. Having an “R” next to your name means nothing these days.