Pope machine targets Wake school board again

To hear the folks over in the Pope Empire speak in recent weeks, you’d think they’d never even heard of the Wake County School Board. Who us? Attempt to influence things to promote our anti-public education, anti-integration agenda? Whatever could have given you that idea?

Well, lest folks have any doubt (and they shouldn’t given given the fine work of groups like the Institute for Southern Studies and Democracy North Carolina), check out this robocall that one of the many partisan Pope groups left on my phone yesterday in an attempt to influence the ongoing school board election in which a Pope lackey is challenging incumbent Kevin Hill.

Note that money is apparently no object for these people since I don’t even live anywhere close to the district in question. Click on the link below to listen to this scurrilous and inaccurate call.

[audio:http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Civitas-robocall.mp3|titles=October 25. 2011 – Civitas robocall]


  1. Eunice

    October 26, 2011 at 8:59 am

    What about the scurrilous mailers that were sent out almost daily attacking Ron Margiotta by supposedly “outside sources”. Who paid for those ?

  2. Rob Schofield

    October 26, 2011 at 9:18 am

    The new Pope robocall contains multiple lies. If you would share any such attacks on Margiotta that did the same, I would be happy to expose them as well. I did not receive any anti-Margiotta stuff at my home.

  3. Francis De Luca

    October 26, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Thanks for sharing this with your couple of readers. And by the way can you identify the “multiple lies” you mention?

  4. Rob Schofield

    October 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Hey Francis — Welcome back — or at least I reckon you’re the same Francis De Luca who commented here a few weeks back.

    Just so I and the other reader will know who we’re dealing with, is this comment from the Francis DeLuca who heads the JW Pope Civitas Institute or the Francis De Luca who heads the 501(c)(4) group, Civitas Action?

    I gather it’s the former, since that Francis De Luca would only have limited familiarity with the substance of the call since it was the other Francis De Luca — the one who runs Civitas Action — who put it together.

    Assuming this is the case, here are some of the lies that the other fellow included in the robocall:

    1 – That “Kevin Hill voted ‘no’ to giving Northern Wake and Raleigh families control over where their children go to school.” This is not true and the other Civitas guy knows it. Hill voted “no” on an incomplete assignment plan that quite arguably gives parents less control over where their kids go than the current system.

    2. That “Liberal Kevin Hill voted to return to the days of constant reassignments and bureaucrats deciding what schools your children attend.” The other Francis knows this is crap. Hill voted for no such thing and has spoken forcefully about the need to improve the Wake assignment system.

    3. That Hill supports “more upheaval and social engineering.” Again, crap. Is the other Francis telling us that the new plan includes no “upheaval or social engineering”? Give us a break.

    Anyway, those are the three lies that were readily apparent to me at first blush. Please pass them along to the (c)(4) Francis the next time you see him.

  5. frances

    October 26, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Different Francis, poor , uneducated,

    Why not share the source of ALL funding for the race whether it be the , NCAE, National Democrat Party, or Republican Party? You seem to only present one side, I never know when to believe what you have written is factual or what has been omitted.
    I do not know the other Francis.

  6. Jimmy

    October 26, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Kevin is a product of the inbreeding that occurred with the old board establishment. He was indoctrinated into the system early, lived in the system for years, and was totally shocked when he was told there was a different way of doing things. Make no bones about it folks, the old establishment is not really concerned about student achievement as judged by graduation rates,competency,etc.but the real goal is to control all aspects of the system from pre-K all the way through college. Much like the military -industrial complex, they want to be allowed a free rein on everything from curriculum to their social engineering experiments without a trace of protests or questions from the “uneducated “masses as they refer to us. Teaching is the last thing these folks have on their mind.

  7. Charles Galt

    November 1, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Give me a break. What lies are in the call? If it doesn’t break the law and it serves to promulgate the (true) story that Hill is voting against the new assignment plan what is wrong with that? Stating that the new plan increases parent choice is true. Stating that the plan focuses on increasing access to schools with close proximity is true. Stating that Hill supports going back to a policy of increased bureaucratic control of student school selection and increased busing is true. Stating that the new policy is supported by superintendent Tatas is true. Stating that the plan was passed with bipartisan support is true. Even if the effort is intended to influence the election, as long as it stays within the law, what is wrong with that? If Civitas or Art Pope are committed to ridding our county of what they believe is bad policy, what is wrong with that? I am sorry but the shrill cries of foul stand without merit here, especially after the National DNC came in and provided resources to heavily influence our local county school board election last month.

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