[parentsfordiversity] Updates

Greetings! Here is today’s BOE news.

Influence of District 8 voters

The race between BOE Chair Ron Margiotta and Susan Evans will refocus the attention on voters in southwestern Wake County. According to the N&O, the area has "…historically been ground zero for opposition to the school system’s diversity efforts, could now hold the key to deciding how students are assigned to Wake’s schools."

Additional coverage in The Independent and NBC17.

In the News

Systematic cheating found in Atlanta schools

Less money, less time in summer school

Tata rallies Wake teachers amid budget worries

Tata: Good teachers priority even amid layoffs

LTEs/opinion

Holding your nose and closing your eyes

Wake County, sliced

Teachers and jobs

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[parentsfordiversity] Updates

Hello! Here is today’s BOE news.

BOE updated on student assignment plans

Superintendent Tony Tata met with the BOE yesterday to update them on the student assignment process. There is a summary on WRAL. In addition, the WakeEd blog has detailed posts on WCPSS’s staff presentations on the blue plan and the green plan.

Assignment plan simulation

Please go online and participate in the blue student assignment plan simulation between now and Mon., June 20. Your input will help WCPSS fine-tune its recommendations to the BOE on Tues., June 21.

Martin announces candidacy

Jim Martin, an N.C. State University chemistry professor, has announced his intentions to run for the BOE seat in District 5, currently occupied by Dr. Anne McLaurin, according to the N&O.

The GOP’s education budget ‘fantasy’

This op-ed piece from the Herald-Sun illustrates how the GOP’s budget does not support public education as advertised.

As noted in this editorial in today’s N&O (several LTEs on this topic, too ~ see below), Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed the budget on Sunday, but a veto override vote could take place as soon as tomorrow, June 15. Please let the five Democrats who voted with the GOP in favor of this budget know that it’s the wrong thing to do for the children of North Carolina. Here are their email addresses again: Tim.Spear@ncleg.net; Bill.Owens@ncleg.net; Dew ey.Hill@ncleg.net; Jim.Crawford@ncleg.net; William.Brisson@ncleg.net. And copy the Governor (governor.office@nc.gov) so she knows she IS doing the right thing. You can also sign this online petition in support of Gov. Perdue’s veto.

Latest issue of In Context from the Wake Education Partnership.

Education ‘reform’ in Chicago

Chicago Public Schools has a new chief executive, Jean-Claude Brizard, who has his work cut out for him, according to the New York Times. In the wake of a reform movement, led largely by New Schools for Chicago, Brizard says the Windy City now has "…two different school systems."

In the News

NC book joins Cool Stuff series

LTEs/opinion

Cuts and raises

Pay raise lesson

T.A.’s face cutbacks

Loss of PEP

Accreditation bully targeted

Thanks for staying engaged with WCPSS.

Hello! Here is today’s BOE news.

BOE updated on student assignment plans

Superintendent Tony Tata met with the BOE yesterday to update them on the student assignment process. There is a summary on WRAL. In addition, the WakeEd blog has detailed posts on WCPSS’s staff presentations on the blue plan and the green plan.

Assignment plan simulation

Please go online and participate in the blue student assignment plan simulation between now and Mon., June 20. Your input will help WCPSS fine-tune its recommendations to the BOE on Tues., June 21.

Martin announces candidacy

Jim Martin, an N.C. State University chemistry professor, has announced his intentions to run for the BOE seat in District 5, currently occupied by Dr. Anne McLaurin, according to the N&O.

The GOP’s education budget ‘fantasy’

This op-ed piece from the Herald-Sun illustrates how the GOP’s budget does not support public education as advertised.

As noted in this editorial in today’s N&O (several LTEs on this topic, too ~ see below), Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed the budget on Sunday, but a veto override vote could take place as soon as tomorrow, June 15. Please let the five Democrats who voted with the GOP in favor of this budget know that it’s the wrong thing to do for the children of North Carolina. Here are their email addresses again: Tim.Spear@ncleg.net; Bill.Owens@ncleg.net; Dew ey.Hill@ncleg.net; Jim.Crawford@ncleg.net; William.Brisson@ncleg.net. And copy the Governor (governor.office@nc.gov) so she knows she IS doing the right thing. You can also sign this online petition in support of Gov. Perdue’s veto.

Latest issue of In Context from the Wake Education Partnership.

Education ‘reform’ in Chicago

Chicago Public Schools has a new chief executive, Jean-Claude Brizard, who has his work cut out for him, according to the New York Times. In the wake of a reform movement, led largely by New Schools for Chicago, Brizard says the Windy City now has "…two different school systems."

In the News

NC book joins Cool Stuff series

LTEs/opinion

Cuts and raises

Pay raise lesson

T.A.’s face cutbacks

Loss of PEP

Accreditation bully targeted

Thanks for staying engaged with WCPSS.

Hello! Here is today’s BOE news.

BOE updated on student assignment plans

Superintendent Tony Tata met with the BOE yesterday to update them on the student assignment process. There is a summary on WRAL. In addition, the WakeEd blog has detailed posts on WCPSS’s staff presentations on the blue plan and the green plan.

Assignment plan simulation

Please go online and participate in the blue student assignment plan simulation between now and Mon., June 20. Your input will help WCPSS fine-tune its recommendations to the BOE on Tues., June 21.

Martin announces candidacy

Jim Martin, an N.C. State University chemistry professor, has announced his intentions to run for the BOE seat in District 5, currently occupied by Dr. Anne McLaurin, according to the N&O.

The GOP’s education budget ‘fantasy’

This op-ed piece from the Herald-Sun illustrates how the GOP’s budget does not support public education as advertised.

As noted in this editorial in today’s N&O (several LTEs on this topic, too ~ see below), Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed the budget on Sunday, but a veto override vote could take place as soon as tomorrow, June 15. Please let the five Democrats who voted with the GOP in favor of this budget know that it’s the wrong thing to do for the children of North Carolina. Here are their email addresses again: Tim.Spear@ncleg.net; Bill.Owens@ncleg.net; Dew ey.Hill@ncleg.net; Jim.Crawford@ncleg.net; William.Brisson@ncleg.net. And copy the Governor (governor.office@nc.gov) so she knows she IS doing the right thing. You can also sign this online petition in support of Gov. Perdue’s veto.

Latest issue of In Context from the Wake Education Partnership.

Education ‘reform’ in Chicago

Chicago Public Schools has a new chief executive, Jean-Claude Brizard, who has his work cut out for him, according to the New York Times. In the wake of a reform movement, led largely by New Schools for Chicago, Brizard says the Windy City now has "…two different school systems."

In the News

NC book joins Cool Stuff series

LTEs/opinion

Cuts and raises

Pay raise lesson

T.A.’s face cutbacks

Loss of PEP

Accreditation bully targeted

Thanks for staying engaged with WCPSS.

Hello! Here is today’s BOE news.

BOE updated on student assignment plans

Superintendent Tony Tata met with the BOE yesterday to update them on the student assignment process. There is a summary on WRAL. In addition, the WakeEd blog has detailed posts on WCPSS’s staff presentations on the blue plan and the green plan.

Assignment plan simulation

Please go online and participate in the blue student assignment plan simulation between now and Mon., June 20. Your input will help WCPSS fine-tune its recommendations to the BOE on Tues., June 21.

Martin announces candidacy

Jim Martin, an N.C. State University chemistry professor, has announced his intentions to run for the BOE seat in District 5, currently occupied by Dr. Anne McLaurin, according to the N&O.

The GOP’s education budget ‘fantasy’

This op-ed piece from the Herald-Sun illustrates how the GOP’s budget does not support public education as advertised.

As noted in this editorial in today’s N&O (several LTEs on this topic, too ~ see below), Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed the budget on Sunday, but a veto override vote could take place as soon as tomorrow, June 15. Please let the five Democrats who voted with the GOP in favor of this budget know that it’s the wrong thing to do for the children of North Carolina. Here are their email addresses again: Tim.Spear@ncleg.net; Bill.Owens@ncleg.net; Dew ey.Hill@ncleg.net; Jim.Crawford@ncleg.net; William.Brisson@ncleg.net. And copy the Governor (governor.office@nc.gov) so she knows she IS doing the right thing. You can also sign this online petition in support of Gov. Perdue’s veto.

Latest issue of In Context from the Wake Education Partnership.

Education ‘reform’ in Chicago

Chicago Public Schools has a new chief executive, Jean-Claude Brizard, who has his work cut out for him, according to the New York Times. In the wake of a reform movement, led largely by New Schools for Chicago, Brizard says the Windy City now has "…two different school systems."

In the News

NC book joins Cool Stuff series

LTEs/opinion

Cuts and raises

Pay raise lesson

T.A.’s face cutbacks

Loss of PEP

Accreditation bully targeted

Thanks for staying engaged with WCPSS.

Hello! Here is today’s BOE news.

BOE updated on student assignment plans

Superintendent Tony Tata met with the BOE yesterday to update them on the student assignment process. There is a summary on WRAL. In addition, the WakeEd blog has detailed posts on WCPSS’s staff presentations on the blue plan and the green plan.

Assignment plan simulation

Please go online and participate in the blue student assignment plan simulation between now and Mon., June 20. Your input will help WCPSS fine-tune its recommendations to the BOE on Tues., June 21.

Martin announces candidacy

Jim Martin, an N.C. State University chemistry professor, has announced his intentions to run for the BOE seat in District 5, currently occupied by Dr. Anne McLaurin, according to the N&O.

The GOP’s education budget ‘fantasy’

This op-ed piece from the Herald-Sun illustrates how the GOP’s budget does not support public education as advertised.

As noted in this editorial in today’s N&O (several LTEs on this topic, too ~ see below), Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed the budget on Sunday, but a veto override vote could take place as soon as tomorrow, June 15. Please let the five Democrats who voted with the GOP in favor of this budget know that it’s the wrong thing to do for the children of North Carolina. Here are their email addresses again: Tim.Spear@ncleg.net; Bill.Owens@ncleg.net; Dew ey.Hill@ncleg.net; Jim.Crawford@ncleg.net; William.Brisson@ncleg.net. And copy the Governor (governor.office@nc.gov) so she knows she IS doing the right thing. You can also sign this online petition in support of Gov. Perdue’s veto.

Latest issue of In Context from the Wake Education Partnership.

Education ‘reform’ in Chicago

Chicago Public Schools has a new chief executive, Jean-Claude Brizard, who has his work cut out for him, according to the New York Times. In the wake of a reform movement, led largely by New Schools for Chicago, Brizard says the Windy City now has "…two different school systems."

In the News

NC book joins Cool Stuff series

LTEs/opinion

Cuts and raises

Pay raise lesson

T.A.’s face cutbacks

Loss of PEP

Accreditation bully targeted

Thanks for staying engaged with WCPSS.

Hello! Here is today’s BOE news.

BOE updated on student assignment plans

Superintendent Tony Tata met with the BOE yesterday to update them on the student assignment process. There is a summary on WRAL. In addition, the WakeEd blog has detailed posts on WCPSS’s staff presentations on the blue plan and the green plan.

Assignment plan simulation

Please go online and participate in the blue student assignment plan simulation between now and Mon., June 20. Your input will help WCPSS fine-tune its recommendations to the BOE on Tues., June 21.

Martin announces candidacy

Jim Martin, an N.C. State University chemistry professor, has announced his intentions to run for the BOE seat in District 5, currently occupied by Dr. Anne McLaurin, according to the N&O.

The GOP’s education budget ‘fantasy’

This op-ed piece from the Herald-Sun illustrates how the GOP’s budget does not support public education as advertised.

As noted in this editorial in today’s N&O (several LTEs on this topic, too ~ see below), Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed the budget on Sunday, but a veto override vote could take place as soon as tomorrow, June 15. Please let the five Democrats who voted with the GOP in favor of this budget know that it’s the wrong thing to do for the children of North Carolina. Here are their email addresses again: Tim.Spear@ncleg.net; Bill.Owens@ncleg.net; Dew ey.Hill@ncleg.net; Jim.Crawford@ncleg.net; William.Brisson@ncleg.net. And copy the Governor (governor.office@nc.gov) so she knows she IS doing the right thing. You can also sign this online petition in support of Gov. Perdue’s veto.

Latest issue of In Context from the Wake Education Partnership.

Education ‘reform’ in Chicago

Chicago Public Schools has a new chief executive, Jean-Claude Brizard, who has his work cut out for him, according to the New York Times. In the wake of a reform movement, led largely by New Schools for Chicago, Brizard says the Windy City now has "…two different school systems."

In the News

NC book joins Cool Stuff series

LTEs/opinion

Cuts and raises

Pay raise lesson

T.A.’s face cutbacks

Loss of PEP

Accreditation bully targeted

Thanks for staying engaged with WCPSS.

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Wake County Public Schools

[parentsfordiversity] Update

BOE meeting today

The BOE is currently in the midst of a marathon work session. Topics up for discussion will include "reassignment, bonuses to work at high-poverty schools, redistricting, bell schedules and the magnet review," according to the WakeEd blog. A general meeting, with public comment, will begin at 5:30PM. You can watch it all live on WRAL.

Cost of high-poverty schools

During today’s meeting, the BOE will decide whether to designate $950,000 per year in federal funding to help four, high-poverty schools, according to the N&O.</SPA N>

Long-term assignment plan expected in Spring

Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata plans to present a long-term student assignment plan to the BOE for approval by late spring, according to the N&O. During their meeting today, the BOE voted to authorize Tata to develop the assignment plan that will include consideration of the controlled-choice model presented by education consultant Michael Alves last week. In addition, BOE member John Tedesco requested that the work of the Student Assignment Committee be suspended, according to WRAL.

Harvard’s Achievement Gap Initiative

According to this website, the Achievement Gap Initiative (AGI), at Harvard University, is a university-wide effort initiated by the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) to focus academic research, public education, and innovative outreach activities toward eliminating achievement gaps.

In the News

Closing the achievement gap without widening a racial one (NYT)

Chatham parents fight redistricting

LTEs/opinion

Promise here

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Parents For Diversity UPDATES/Vote

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE and make sure that you remind others about the importance of everyone voting!

Anyone interested in working at the polls on Tuesday while receiving compensation?

We need to make sure that convicted felons who have served their time, have the right to VOTE!!

We have been told that some are being turned away for this very reason. Please  let me know if you are interested in making 10.00 per hour working at the polls on Tuesday.

Remember,  Your voice, Your VOTE!!

Historical perspective on Gurley, bonds and school construction

This April 2006 article from The Independent offers some historical perspective about how WCPSS got to this point regarding year-round schools and insufficient funding via the Wake County Commissioners. It is also a good reminder how the County Commissioners are intricately involved with school funding in Wake County. Tony Gurley, who is again seeking re-election on Tuesday, supported year-round schools as a cost-saving measure, and a means to float a smaller bond issue that didn’t exceed the billlion-dollar mark, even though that amount was truly needed to adequately fund WCPSS school construction four years ago. Now, Gurley says he does not support "mandatory year-round schools" — a term that came into play several years ago when WCPSS determined a need (to address unprecedented growth and limited financial resources) to open all new schools on a year-round calendar to maximize capacity and be more cost-efficient. Btw, Great Schools in Wake is an off-shoot of WakeUp Wake County.

WEP roundtable summary

If you were unable to attend last week’s roundtable discussion (sponsored by Wake Education Partnership) about the ‘controlled choice’ assignment plan being formulated by education consultant Michael Alves, you’ll find a detailed summary on Neil Reimann’s site.

2010 NC School Report Cards

The 2010 North Carolina School Report Cards are now online and feature the state’s largest collection of information about student performance and attendance, class size, school safety, teacher quality and classroom technology at the state, district and school levels. On the WakeEd blog, WCPSS test scores are compared to Charlotte Mecklenberg’s schools.

Boycott Variety Wholesalers

The Democratic Party is encouraging people to boycott Variety Wholesalers (Roses, Maxway, Super Dollar, Value Mart and Super 10 Stores). The company’s owner, Art Pope, contributed significantly to the campaigns of BOE members Debra Goldman, John Tedesco, Chris Malone and Deborah Prickett last year. Read more here. In addition, there were two LTEs about Pope’s political donations: In hock to Pope and Ill-conceived boycott. As one commenter noted, "…when the wealthy and powerful can legally purchase elections: our democracy suffers."

BOE meetings w/o Nov. 1

Attached is a list of BOE meetings scheduled for Nov. 1 through Nov. 5, fyi.

In the News

Former educators announce support of Wake candidate (Jack Nichols)

Plans to shut Harding sparks new uproar (Charlotte-Mecklenberg)

LTEs

Life via schools

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