Help us out folks. Today is three-month anniversary of the date Wake County School Board member John Tedesco was named “President and CEO” of the newly formed “North Carolina Center for Education Reform” and, unless we missed something, the group’s public output has been a big, fat zero.
The website remains generic and devoid of content. When you click on “Our leadership,” (the place you would expect to learn about Tedesco and his board) you get the following message: “This page is being updated, please check back soon.”
What could possibly be the deal? Wasn’t this supposed to be Tedesco’s big, new full-time job. Is he getting paid? Is he producing anything? He told the N&O back in June that “the names of the board of directors will be released next week.” Did we miss that?
The announcement of Tedesco’s hiring claimed (in rather tortured English that one hopes is not reflective of the intellectural rigor the group will bring to its endeavors) that:
“The North Carolina Center for Education Reform is the catalyst for a powerful transformation of K-12 public education empowering effective and innovative practices that can be replicated for maximum impact. Optimizing the learning experience, establishing high expectations, reducing bureaucracy, and producing measurable results for every child is essential to their future and ours.”
One has to wonder what the group’s founders and funders are thinking – if anything.
Is it: “What the heck is going on here?” or “Our plan of providing a convenient cover so that conservatives can pay Tedesco to be on the school board is working out just fine!”