An editorial in this morning’s edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer does an excellent job of pointing out the latest absurd and petulant behavior of the conservative majority of the Wake County Board of Commissioners in its relationship with the county’s school board.
As the editorial notes, “GOP commissioners went at the school board with the zeal of partisan score settling” with the move to have their friends in the General Assembly seize power from the school board and vest it in them.
The editorial also rightfully characterizes the move to change how school board members are elected as a “doozy.” It notes:
“So commissioners came up with the new election plan, which just happens to provide Republicans with the chance to pour money into the at-large races and some of the district ones to regain their majority. Sure, commissioners could have been more subtle about it, but why?”
The editorial concludes this way:
“There’s another disturbing question as well: Why would commissioners bring up these contentious topics on the eve of a needed school construction bond vote? These issues are not going to help build public confidence in the bond issue and in fact could do real damage. If Republican commissioners really want to help the schools as they say they do, they have a strange way of showing it.”
The only gap in the piece is its failure to ask whether that great lover of public education, state budget director Art Pope, played any role in the affair. Given his regular leadership of the right’s actions in Wake County politics for many years, it would not be surprising if he was the architect of this move as well.
Read the entire editorial by clicking here.