This edition of Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) Updates includes a Petition to remove Green Hope High principal, busing kids to the polls, student achievement issues and some gaffes from Wake Board member Jim Martin.
Please pardon the high level of snark in this edition. The materials demanded it.
- #WCPSS Updates: Enrollment wanes, EdCamp Equity, Board member lie caught on camera, Green Hope fights to keep Dance
- Coronavirus prepping comes to Wake County?
- WCPSS tells parents not to panic, (it’s not like a snow day or anything)
- Student with a pellet gun prompted Leesville Road High lockdown
#1 – Parents at Green Hope High have started a petition to remove their principal
“Since Camille Hedrick has been assigned as Principal of Green Hope High School in 2019, she has an established pattern that is damaging to students and to the overall health of the school environment,” the petition reads in part.
Green Hope High families are still suffering through the MVP Math fight, have fought reassignments and now are having their dance class electives stripped from them. The burning question now is what parent from that school is going to say ‘enough is enough’ and challenge Bill Fletcher for his board seat this fall?
#2 – Busing Kids to the Polls
The Wake County School Board are perpetual complainers about the district being cash-poor or underfunded and they are especially whiny when it comes to busing.
Last year, they asked for $5 million in additional funds from county commissioners for transportation issues and repairs. As a point of fact, over the last six months, several buses have exploded into flames. Now factor in that the district barely has enough drivers to handle current schedules and still isn’t properly serving all of its special needs students busing needs.
So, of course, the board is now considering busing kids to the polls like Guilford County did. Because, hey, why the Hell not? It’s a civics field trip! It’s not like the WCPSS board would be using taxpayer-funded resources to give some voters and not others a lift to the polls…oh, wait…they would.
#3- WCPSS needs “success centers”
Is Mr. Sutton claiming that students in Wake County, which boasts the most Nationally Certified teachers in the country, are not succeeding academically? But we’ve been told that all Wake County schools are all successful – particularly the board’s prized Magnet schools.
#4 – Jim Martin’s gaffes on parental involvement
Apparently, the WCPSS policy for a parent to file grievances is so bad, Jim Martin has to suggest a flow chart to understand it:
If you need a flow chart to figure out how to handle parent complaints, you either a) have a lot of complaints coming in, b) your complaint policies and procedures are a mess or c) the school district and certain board members treat parents like garbage. Just a guess, but maybe it’s all the above.
But wait, there’s more, reported Keung Hui tweeted that “Jonathan Blumberg says staff considering developing a general complaint policy where a staff member would determine where the complaint would go. He says grievances are meant to deal w/ violations of law & not just general complaints.”
So where do the general complaints from parents go? Schools forward them to a black hole in the communications department, that’s where.
Another Jim Martin Gem:
To be fair, this comment was linked to conversation about training teachers to spot abuse and neglect. This was also prior to the announcement by Education Secretary Devos that the Dept. of Education would be starting a nationwide review of sexual assault in K-12 schools.
Having said that, it wasn’t enough to espouse protecting criminals here illegally that might be preying on students. Martin one-upped himself because everything with this board boils down to race:
Certainly, the multi-million-dollar staff of eight at the Office of Equity Affairs will get right on that.
What starts with Parents changes everything.
Sick of your student being constantly reassigned?
Tired of the district ignoring parent concerns and parental rights?
Fed up with social justice propaganda replacing academic subjects?
Upset with the invasion of student privacy?
Tired of the board’s attacks on school choice and charters?
If you answered yes to even one of the above, consider a run for School Board.
2020 is an election year for all nine Wake County School Board seats.
The candidate filing period opens in June.