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Today is the six-month anniversary of the big announcement that Wake School Board member, right-wing activist and semi-announced candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, John “Tea Party” Tedesco was taking over the newly formed North Carolina Center for Education Reform as “President and CEO.”

And here are the words that most accurately convey the evident substantive output of the group that employs Tedesco at $6,000 per month (at least from a pretty thorough review of the group’s website): Read More

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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.

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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

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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