Recapping the week at NCPW

It was a short but busy week with Martin Luther King celebrations on Monday, a Senate election, a Supreme Court ruling, a Wake County School Board meeting and corruption charges from a grand jury in a State Elections Board hearing. NC Policy Watch covered it all.

In his Weekly Briefing “From Massachusetts to Wake County,” Rob Schofield argues that low turn out elections where only a small percentage of voters participate should not be seen as any type of mandate for policy change.

Chris Fitzsimon focused on education with two commentaries on the issue. His first “Race to the Right” exposes several attempts by conservatives to dismantle the North Carolina public education system.  “Six weeks of backing up” looks at the “accomplishments” of the Wake County School Board, but there’s not much to boast about.

Fitzsimon’s commentary “Democracy or auction?” questions this week’s Supreme Court ruling against the back drop of state corruption charges against Lanny Wilson, an Easley insider.

Progressive Voices Commentator Adam Searing wrote about health care in his commentary “Saving money and improving health care quality.”

Chris Fitzsimon wrapped things up with “The Follies” commentary. Read it to find out who he skewered with his sharp wit this week.

3 Comments

  1. Joe Ciulla

    January 22, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Interesting. At this week’s school board meeting, all of the defenders of the status quo (Sutton, Morrison, Hill, McLaurin) voted for the resolution which ended diversity assignments for MYR schools, while most of the “new” board voted against it. What’s your read on this? Was this their way of trying to work with the new board?

  2. gregflynn

    January 23, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    You’re playing politics Joe. They were mitigating the effect of the resolution that the Gang of 5, in their haste, thought they had passed the previous meeting.

  3. Joe Ciulla

    January 24, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    No, I am trying to figure out the politics. I honestly do not know whether the 4 incumbent school board members decided to punt on the MYR diversity assignment portion of the resolution, or whether they just lost track of that in the haggling.

    I am not a fan of MYR, and these schools definitely do not help to maintain diversity. The majority of opt-outs were minority and ED — either because of issues with the calendar, or because most of the MYR schools are outside the rim.