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Tedesco’s group: Is there any “there” there?

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!”

7 Comments

  1. jlp75

    September 16, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    It appears they had time to get the Donation page up and running. This seems very suspect. Sounds like the grounds for a Policy Watch investigation.

  2. James

    September 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Tedesco should have his picture in the dictionary next to the word “Loser.” Any organization in which he holds a leadership position should go ahead and put itself out of our misery.

  3. Paul Terrell

    September 17, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Hello,

    Tedesco won his election so I would say he is a winner. Like Obama said, “Elections mean things and you lost”.
    Also I would like to ask how much money has filtered down to you and the many other organizations from well known and admitted socialist Geirge Soros.

  4. gregflynn

    September 17, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I’m still waiting on my check from George Soros. He keeps promising it at our weekly strategy meetings. Oh well, at least I have free office space to work out of.

  5. jlp75

    September 19, 2011 at 7:20 am

    There is nothing wrong with winning the election. No one is questioning Tedesco’s right to be on the school board. The questionable thing is that he is getting paid on the side for a “job” and there does not appear to be any activity at said “job”. Therefore, if it is in fact true that Tedesco is getting paid on the side for doing nothing (we do not know all of the facts at this time), something fishy could be going on.

  6. Carolyn

    September 19, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Thanks Rob for calling that to our attention,

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