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Last Friday was the nine-month anniversary for Wake School board member and state Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate John Tedesco’s North Carolina Center for Education Reform. And as we reported on the six-month anniversary, the evident output of actual work from the group remains, despite Tedesco’s healthy salary, a big fat goose egg.  

The “group” still has a superficially attractive website, but don’t look to close lest you find yourself having to endure the tortured grammar or the embarrassing attempts to describe the Center’s “work”(all of which appears to remain essentially hypothetical).

Here’s another fun bit of complete gibberish from the site that refers to an incomprehensible “initiative”called “Connect Ed”: Read More

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As noted in this space last week, Wake County schools Superintendent Anthony Tata blew his cool and overstepped the bounds of his position when he wrongfully questioned the ethics of some school board members with whom he’s apparently been having some differences.

Happily, it appears that Tata has now backed off of his inaccurate and inappropriate attack. Last Friday, he signed on to a joint statement with the board members in question in which acknowledged the errors of his ways. Good for him.

Let’s hope it’s the start of a new and positive trend in the Wake County schools in which Read More

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Caring and thoughtful people have been skeptical of Wake County schools superintendent Anthony Tata ever since the Tea Partying former military man with extremely limited education experience was installed a little over a year ago by the re-segregationist school board majority that had been wielding a wrecking ball on the school system. Many of these people, however, bit their tongues over the past 13 months in an effort to be open-minded and supportive of attempts to build bridges and find common ground.

Now, however, it’s quite clear that such efforts were futile and that Tata is little more than a puppet voice for the same forces that owned and manipulated the former “gang of five” — that is, the far right, Art Pope-Bob Luddy-Paul Stam school privatization crowd that’s been doing everything in its power to undermine free and diverse public schools.

The final confirmation of Tata’s true colors can be seen Read More

This is just out from the good people at Great Schools in Wake:

Contacts: Yevonne Brannon/Patty Williams FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tel: 919-244-6243/919-696-8059
Email: info@greatschoolsinwake.org

PUBLIC MISTRUST CONTINUES TO BUILD OVER STUDENT ASSIGNMENT PLAN

Raleigh, NC—February 17, 2012— Great Schools in Wake (GSIW) is again calling for a full public disclosure of the detailed financial analysis behind the new “choice” student assignment plan. The latest proposal tied to the new assignment plan —a new busing system that significantly affects bell schedules—boasts a theoretical cost savings based on the old assignment plan, without demonstrating how it will offset the undocumented costs of the new.

“Superintendent Tata’s actions continue to erode the public’s trust. The plan he rushed through is starting Read More

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Sometimes you have to wonder what makes elected officials do the things they do. Case in point: Wake County School Board member Debra Goldman.

Today, at a moment in which Wake County schools are going through a momentous and controversial reassignment process (a moment so crazy that it seems to have crashed the Wake Schools website — at least at this writing), Goldman chose to send out her second substantive tweet in four months. Read More