Followers of The Progressive Pulse will recall a series of articles in recent years about the essentially non-existent nonprofit headed by conservative Wake school board member and 2012 GOP nominee for state Superintendent of Public Instruction, John Tedesco. As we reported here and here and here, the sum detectable output of the North Carolina Center for Education Reform appears to be: a) a semi-schnazzy if, at times, grammatically-challenged website, and b) something for Tedesco to put on his resume to make it looks like he has (or had) an impressive job.
Now, here’s another little factoid about Tedesco’s group: its Board of Directors includes controversial state Board of Education nominee, A.L. “Buddy” Collins (pictured above in a photo found at http://equalitync.org). That, of course, is the same Buddy Collins who told NC Policy Watch reporter Lindsay Wagner that he favors vouchers and virtual charter schools and who is now drawing national attention and criticism for his past efforts to combat bullying policies designed to help LGBT children in the public schools.
There’s no obvious evidence at this point as to whether Collins ever really did anything for Tedesco (other than endorse him for Superintendent). His name still appears, however, on the nonprofit’s website.
The bottom line: It’s increasingly clear that Governor McCrory has nominated someone for the state Board of Education who is, in the tradition of Dianna Lightfoot, an arch-conservative political activist with a lot of controversial positions and troubling connections. It remains to be seen if his nomination will suffer a similar fate.