Tedesco warns of ‘unholy trinity’ of liberals–Source: News & Observer

Wake County school board member John Tedesco has what he calls his own version of a liberal "unholy trinity."

During a recent speech to the Northern Wake Republican Club, Tedesco said the members of the unholy trinity are the NAACP, the Great Schools in Wake Coalition and Raleigh FIST, a self-proclaimed anarchist group. All three groups have been fiercely critical of the school board for eliminating the use of socioeconomic diversity in student assignment. (Read more)

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L.A. billionaire’s money and ideas may leave mark in Wake – Source: News & Observer

RALEIGH — The fortunes of Wake County public schools in future years could rise or fall on the educational theories and donated dollars of a California billionaire who is devoting chunks of his fortune to education reform.

Los Angeles magnate and philanthropist Eli Broad, 77, made bundles in both home construction and insurance before funneling nearly $400 million since 1999 into programs designed for urban school districts. (Read more)

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[CoalitionofConcernedCitizensforAfricanAmericanChildren] Updates

Hello! I hope you’re enjoying your weekend. Here is the latest BOE news.
 
More on the AdvancED report
Here are dueling posts about the AdvancED report: one conservative, from Bob Luebke for the Civitas Institute, and the other liberal from Jim Horn at School Matters.
 
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So Edgecombe County Ann Kent and Joe P. Tolson is Wake County Not Working On Their Budget Proposal

Hell Yeah I Said It, Now What? Edgecombe County Public Schools I Am Pissed Board Meeting Drama Tonight That Will Be Continued On March 21, 2011 – In this link Kent said Tolson said

Tata prioritizes teachers, classroom in Wake budget proposal

Raleigh, N.C. — Superintendent Tony Tata presented a "very creative" budget proposal to the Wake County Board of Education Tuesday, prioritizing teacher retention and classroom investment in the face of a projected $2 billion to $3 billion state budget shortfall next year. (Read more)

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[parentsfordiversity] Wake County Public Schools Updates

Greetings! Here is the weekend BOE news.

Exam rules under review

"Wake County high school seniors may no longer have to drag themselves to school when they have the flu or some other ailment in order to retain their exemptions from some final exams," according to the N&O.

NAACP contesting school lunch data

The NC NAACP says the USDA has misinterpreted the law regarding use of free and reduced price lunch data with regard to student assignment, according to the N&O and WRAL.

Goldman’s daughter gets midyear transfer

BOE Vice Chair Debra Goldman requested and received a midyear transfer for her daughter to an out-of-zone school, complete with door-to-door bus transportation, according to the N&O and the WakeEd blog. Goldman is getting a lot of criticism for this move; however, at least the decision only affected her child. When Deborah Prickett wanted her son to attend a different high school, she had entire nodes moved.

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Memo to Wake teachers: don’t be a slob

Thanks for staying engaged with WCPSS.

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Goldman’s child sent to out-of-zone school – Source: News & Observer

RALEIGH — Using a rarely-exercised Wake County schools policy, Debra Goldman, school board vice chairwoman, received a midyear transfer for her middle-school-age daughter to an out-of-zone school, complete with door-to-door bus transportation. (Read more)

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NAACP’s Response to Developments to the Wake County Title VI Complaint

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For Immediate Release

March 11, 2011

For More Information: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137

Amina Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700

RESPONSE TO THE RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE WAKE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM 

TITLE VI COMPLAINT

The Wake County Title VI complaint is an ongoing investigation requiring a full vetting. After consultation with our attorneys the North Carolina NAACP has taken the following positions regarding recent developments with the Wake County School case.

The NC NAACP believes the USDA’s position regarding the use of Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL) data in school assignment is a misinterpretation of the law and of how data is being used as it pertains to the socioeconomic diversity criteria in Wake County’s former student assignment policy. Wake County uses FRL data in an aggregate form to assess the overall percentage of economically disadvantaged students in student assignment nodes. No student is individually identifiable by this aggregated data; therefore, our attorneys believe that this use does not violate the privacy rights of any student. USDA’s limited interpretation of how FRL data can be used impacts over 70 districts across the country that incorporate this information in assignment plans to promote socioeconomic diversity in schools. We will continue to investigate all available options to engage the USDA on this matter.

Wake County school officials have claimed they do not have records indicating how many students were moved under the socioeconomic diversity student assignment plan. We are currently analyzing the reassignment data provided by the school district and have a number of questions regarding how it is collected, collated, and presented, particularly as it relates to racial, socioeconomic, and performance demographics within nodes and at individual schools.

The opening of Walnut Creek Elementary School this fall epitomizes the direction in which Wake County Schools are moving as they drop the student assignment plan based on socioeconomic diversity. This new school is expected to open with 81% of its students eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch, 53% of students performing below grade level, and nearly 100% minority students. Our positions on education are rooted in constitutional law which still says segregation and discrimination are illegal; the lessons of history that tell us segregation and resegregation are wrong; and the findings of sound research conclusively and overwhelmingly say high poverty, racially identifiable, resegregated schools are the antithesis of student achievement and deny children a high quality, constitutional, diverse, well-funded public education.

Representatives from OCR will be visiting Wake County next week on Wednesday to continue their investigation into the Title VI complaint. The NAACP looks forward to engaging with OCR investigators at that time on these and other issues that pertain to the Title VI complaint.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization whose mission is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. For more information, call the StateOffice at 866-626-2227 or e-mail us at execdirnaacpnc@gmail.com.  # # #

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