More incremental progress on the Wake school board (and a troubling harbinger)

Notwithstanding the scandal swirling around a couple of its board members, it appears that the Wake County school board made some incremental and welcome progress last night in its ongoing effort to bring a reasoned, balanced and sustainable approach to the ultra-challenging subject of school assignments. The board took action to return to an adjusted version of its 2011-12 assignment plan in order to minimize the amount of disruption that will occur for students, families and schools as it works toward a comprehensive plan for the 2014-15 school year.

Good for the board.

Meanwhile, however, at least one school board member continued to publicly champion the flawed and divisive approach advanced by the right-wing majority ousted in the 2011 election. Chris Malone  sent out a “robocall” yesterday as part of his campaign for another office in which he claimed that one of his three objectives in higher office would be to “get good kids out of failing schools.”  

Sadly, this seems to continue to be the mantra of right-wing when it come to public education: Providing means to privatize and de-populate public schools rather than fixing them.

It appears that the narrow majority of the school board will continue to have its hands full for some time to come. 


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