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The General flips his lid

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

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More red flags for Wake school superintendent’s “choice” plan

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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Wake School Board member turning pundit?

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

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Tedesco group hits six-month anniversary

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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Advocates question Wake County experiment with single-sex academies

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.