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Representatives of Great Schools in Wake and other education advocates have delivered a very well-thought out and throrough letter to the Wake County Board of Education and Superintendent Tony Tata that waves a large red flag in front to the recent rush to establish single-sex “leadership academies.”

The letter questions the expedited process Tata and the Board have been using, the impact on alternative schools and many aspects of the new schools themselves. It’s a “must read” for folks looking to get up to speed on this troubling and hasty development.

Click here to read it.

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If you’re trying to get a feel for the mess the current Wake School Board majority and superintendent have been making in recent months, check out this article/blog post by Cash Michaels, publisher of The Carolinian newspaper. 

Once again, the lesson is learned: Simply corraling poor and minority children into nice new facilities is NOT the answer.

Thank goodness the schools will soon be in the hands of a majority that has a clue. Let’s hope they make clear to the General right away who’s running the show.

And in light of this fact, the North Carolina NAACP issued an inspiring and hopeful statement last night.

I liked this part:

“Once again, Blacks, Whites, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, old and young, rich and poor, Republicans and Democrats have all said, “We want to go forward and not backwards.” It is our great hope that after these elections, the single focus of Wake County School Board is to set an example not only for North Carolina but for the nation that all children deserve a high quality, constitutional, well-funded and diverse public education.   Read More

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 Read More

Today’s News & Observer contains an excellent essay by Raleigh attorney Swain Wood on the Wake schools and the “choice” plan being rushed through by the outgoing Board chair. Here is an excerpt:

“Schools and teachers work best when they collaborate, when they share methods and ideas, when they work toward the common goal of educating all children, and when one school’s success does not depend on another school’s failure.

In short, there are winners and losers in the market, but surely we do not want to create “winner” schools and “loser” schools. Will the school choice plan do anything to prevent that from happening, or will it make things worse? We need to see more evidence that this plan will bring healthy change, not corrosive change.”

In other words; Slow down people; the rush with which the school board is acting is enough to raise real suspicions about motives.