Tuesday, March 31, 2009
And now this.
Leave it to Stan. He doesn't let facts get in the way.
And who is to blame for the reassignment mess? Chuck Delaney, Del Burns, Central Office, an unresponsive school board? Nope. Lo and behold it's
Drum roll please....
The home builders once again. While you're at it Stan, why not blame them for the spread of malaria in Africa as well.
By the way Stan, you cheapen real issues of racism and segregation that occurred 40-50 years ago by trying to put the Bull Connor label on parents justly concerned about the quality of Wake County's public school system.
Might I recommend a book for you? It's called Blood Done Sign My Name by Timothy Tyson. I know you are not from the South originally so maybe you ought to brush up on your Southern history rather than just spouting out self-righteous drivel and throwing labels around. In case you think it's a right wing book, it was chosen by the folks at UNC-Chapel Hill for the Summer Reading Program. The same folks that forced students to read Approaching the Quran.
In Defense of Diversity
Posted 03-28-2009 at 04:11 PM by StanN
In Defense of DiversityThe rallying cry of the coalition promoting the reversal of WCPSS’ diversity policy is “neighborhood schools” aka “community schools” The coalition consists of three Political Action Committees (PAC’s) involving irate parents who are supporting four candidates for the Board of Education (BOE) in this falls election. Other individuals supporting vouchers and private schools have attached themselves to the PAC’s.The unstated message of “Neighborhood Schools” is “keep your poor kids in their own schools, not in ‘our’ schools.” Rather than re-segregated neighborhood schools we need a new commitment from all levels of government to raise the academic bar for all children. Irate parents have been led to believe that reversing the school board’s (BOE) diversity policy would resolve their legitimate concerns, i.e. the pain of frequent reassignments, lengthy bus rides and the inconvenience of mandated year round schools (MYRS). However, rolling back the diversity policy will not address these grievances and may make them worse. The false choice of raising the funding level for schools with high concentrations of needy children will eventually fail as it require an increase in property taxes - including the 70% of voters who do not have children in public schools.The understandably irate parents are aiming at the wrong target. WCPSS’ diversity policy plays a minor role in their grievances. Rather the BOE’s use of these measures results from decade’s long mismanagement of growth in Wake County. For twenty years both the State and the County have been unwilling to insist that growth must be connected to new school infrastructure (read: an Adequate Public Facility Ordinances) and that growth must pay for growth. (read: impact fees on new residents.) Too few in the State legislature and the County Commission are willing to vote against powerful special interests opposing widely used solutions.As a result, Wake is has over 25,000 seats in trailers, (1170 trailers) over-crowding campuses to the point where schools must be capped and children assigned to more distant schools. Inadequate funding leads to MYRS and lengthy bus rides. Worst of all, taxes from existing residents are used to pay for constructing schools rather than educating the children they house.All students are impacted. Teacher intensive, specialized courses are the first to go when funds for education are tightly restrained.NC is 44th in the nation in support of K-12 classroom education . Likewise, Wake’s schools are 85th (of 115 school districts) in the state (not counting the costs of constructing schools. Source NC DPI). Focusing on reversing the diversity policy will not resolve these deplorable facts. Wake’s children are caught in the crossfire of a blame game between the BOE, the County Commissioners, and state legislators – and now, misinformed parents.Concentrating poor children in segregated schools will not address parents’ grievances. Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s experience in re-segregating their schools resulted in more bussing; abysmally low academic performance in re-segregated schools; “brain flight”; shifting resources from more affluent area schools to pay for education in poor ones and higher property taxes for all. It has taken decades of mismanaged growth to dig the hole for our schools. Especially during a deep recession there are no silver-bullet solutions to undo the damage of those decades. Growth will return and we should remember the need for real reform. For now, let’s avoid taking giant steps backward. Rather we should focus on using limited resources to advance academics.Rejection of funds to advance academics for our growing school population, we result in lower graduation rates. There will be more citizens who cannot find adequate employment. Then we will spend much more money fighting gangs and building jails.Consider that Wake’s success in attracting high-paying jobs is based on its concentration of brainpower. Wake’s competitive advantage needs nurturing. Constantly raising the academic bar attracts quality jobs and prepares the next generation for such jobs. Diversity is a given in the worlds of business and government. Do we really want to teach our kids that diversity is unimportant? Dealing with the challenges in our schools requires leadership with a long range vision and a focus on what’s critically important. It requires courage to resist powerful special interests and the “critical many” rather than the critical few. Leaders need to find common ground across organizational, ideological and party lines.Past great leaders have fought and for diversity in schools. Some even died in the effort. Where will Wake’s citizens stand this fall?Stan Norwalk is a member of the Wake County Board of Commissioners. His views on diversity are his own. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
LOCAL STATISTICIAN SHOWS WAKE ED PARTNERSHIP'S DIVERSITY EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES
WAKE SCHOOLS CONTINUE FLAWED YEAR-ROUND BUT MOVE FORWARD TO FIRE TEACHERS
ROSA GILL JOINS PATTI AND LORI - FEIGNS CONCERN FOR WAKE PARENTS
Monday, March 30, 2009
WAKE SCHOOLS GOES GEORGE ORWELL - CALLS ENDING DIVERSITY BUSING ILLOGICAL
SECOND ROUND OF VIOLENT GUNFIRE IN LESS THAN A WEEK OFF RALEIGH BOULEVARD – MEANWHILE MEEKER ATTENDS EDUCATORS CONVENTION TO PUSH DIVERSITY
UE-150 UNION PUSHES FOR HIGHER WAGES FOR RALEIGH SANITATION WORKERS - CITY MANAGER SAYS THEY DON'T EVEN WORK 40 HOURS A WEEK
BETTER GET A BIG PITCHER - THREE SCHOOL DIVERISTY FLAVOR AID EVENTS THIS WEEK
UNC CIVIL RIGHTS CONFERENCE TO CALL WAKE PARENTS RACISTS
FORMER WAKE ED PARTNERSHIP FLAKEY - WAKE SCHOOLS COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, NOT EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE, STANDS OUT
WAKE ED PARTNERSHIP SPEAKER PRAISES WAKE SCHOOLS DIVERISTY POLICY THAT FAILS MINORITIES
RALEIGH SOUP KITCHENS SEE RECORD NUMBERS - LET THEM EAT CAKE SAYS CHARLES "THE MINT" MEEKER
Friday, March 27, 2009
WAKE SCHOOLS WASTES $350,000 IN NORTH RALEIGH
NAACP STAYS SILENT - HOLDS RALLY NEXT TO STATE GOVERNMENT MARKER HONORING WOMAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF MILLIONS OF AFRICANS
PATTI HEAD AND LORI MILLBERG - THE DOUBLEMINT TWINS
LOCAL LEFTIST GROUP DISTORTS ATTENDANCE FIGURES - CLAIMS 10,000 WHEN THEY DID NOT EVEN HAVE 1000
VIOLENT SHOOTING NEAR ENLOE HIGH SCHOOL - MAYOR "BENIGN NEGLECT" MEEKER TOO BUSY SOAPBOXING ON DIVERSITY IN WAKE SCHOOLS
CARY MAYOR STANDS AGAINST COSTLY STUDENT EDUCATION FORUM
WILL ST. AGNES HOSPITAL AT ST. AUGUSTINE'S - BRAD MILLER GETS $285,000 IN FEDERAL PORK TO DO SO
Thursday, March 26, 2009
You did your HKONJ rally right beside a plaque honoring a woman who can rightfully be blamed for the ecological genocide of millions of Africans.
Who is it?
Rachel Carson. Somebody your environmental buddies who participated in the HKONJ march probably worship at the feet of.
She was quite successful in eliminating the use of DDT to fight malaria - particularly in Africa - thus resulting in the deaths of millions of Africans that continues to this day.Thanks for propping up the leftist environmental movement Rev. Barber. It sure seems to be serving your brethren in Africa well.
But the school board is considering the move's potential hardships on families, such as increased childcare costs.
"All of us agree that planning time as a regular commitment is a good thing," said outgoing school board member Patti Head. "But it's all these side issues we have to balance."
Raleigh News & Observer, March 25, 2009
"This is going to be difficult for parents in the community to make this adjustment," said school board member Lori Millberg.
Raleigh News & Observer, March 25, 2009
According to the product description, the Wake County Public School System is a "beacon of hope."
Just check out this review:
In Hope and Despair in the American City, Gerald Grant has written a profound book about American cities and their schools. He combines far-ranging scholarship with lively field research, autobiography, historical narrative, and an expert grasp of demographic data and the winding mazes of legal opinion. The result is a big and ambitious portrait, through the story of two cities, of our nation's greatest educational problems and possibilities for school reform in the metropolitan U.S. today.
--Joseph Featherstone, Michigan State University
Field research? He apparently missed thousands of parents annually outraged by the flippant disregard the Wake County Public School System has shown them and their children.
Demographic data? I would love to know what data the Wake County Public School System provided him to make his case. Nobody in Wake County can seem to get any data out of central office. Maybe he can share it with us.
You can read the review here.
Nicely tucked into Raleigh's Comprehensive Plan is a plan for Raleigh, in conjunction with the Wake County Public School System, to socially engineer Raleigh neighborhoods to "reduce the need for busing."
"The need for busing."
Could Mitch Silver and his illuminati buddies at Raleigh "central" Planning tell us what "need" there is for "busing?" Do tell. What "need" is there to force a poor child to get up excessively early to get on a bus to drive across the county to go to school?
Birds are chirping. Please tell us.
You can read our previous post about it here.
While there might be other legitimate reasons to locating affordable and other types of housing throughout Raleigh, this whole proposal reeks of 1960s nonsense.
1. There is no need for busing. None. Nobody can produce a shred of evidence that all this outrageous nonsense even works - at a time when it saddles Wake County taxpayers with huge costs and disrupts the lives of parents and their children. The Wake County Public School System refuses to study the issue. Refuses.
2. Once again - Raleigh has no business in this. Councilman Isley is apparently the only person who understands this.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
WAKE COMMUNITY NETWORK: HOW TO LOSE AN ELECTION - MARY ANN BALDWIN STYLE
NOT A JOKE: LORI MILLBERG FEIGNS CONCERN FOR WAKE COUNTY PARENTS
GURLEY GOES GEICO IN FIGHTING WASTE ON THE WAKE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
ACLU GOES ON FISHING EXPEDITION AGAINST SHERIFF DONNIE HARRISON TO DEFEND ILLEGAL ALIENS
REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION ALLIANCE BEGINS ITS PUSH IN A COORDINATED PLAN TO FORCE MASSIVE TAXES ON WAKE COUNTY RESIDENTS
SHOCKER, WELL MAYBE NOT: WAKE SCHOOLS REFUSES TO STUDY SWITCHING YEAR ROUND SCHOOLS TO TRADITIONAL TO SAVE MONEY
NOT CONVERTING YEAR ROUND SCHOOLS BACK - PART TWO
MORRISVILLE TRIMS TOWN BUDGET
MORE TALK ON HOLLY SPRINGS EXPENSIVE WEB REDESIGN
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
That's what Mary Ann Baldwin did at the March 17, 2009 meeting of the Raleigh City Council. Not only did Mary Ann Baldwin vote for the resolution, but she also presented the resolution to the council.
Another school diversity flavor aid drinker, Councilman James West, praised the socio-economic diversity experiment, stating "diversity and those kinds of things proven that they have worked." Of course, he does not offer any proof of this - just like his buddy Chuck Delaney over at WCPSS.
You can watch the video here. Go to E 3 on the menu.
Also, you should send an email to Councilman Isley, thanking him for his no vote. He appears to be on the sole voice of reason on the Raleigh City Council. He can be reached at email@example.com. The resolution passed with 7 members (including Mayor Meeker) voting in favor of the resolution with Isley casting the lone no vote.
Any parents that would like to "thank" the Raleigh City Council for turning their backs on you in your battles against an unresponsive school bureaucracy, you can reach them here. I personally recommend you thank them on October 6, 2009.
Here's the resolution:
RESOLUTION NO. (2009) 842
A RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE SUPPORT
OF THE RALEIGH CITY COUNCIL
FOR THE WAKE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM
WHEREAS, the Wake County Public School System has consistently provided our citizens with one of the best school systems in the state and the nation, providing a solid educational foundation for our children and contributing to our County's economic prosperity; and
WHEREAS, the upkeep of our Wake County schools is imperative for our continued educational, economic, and cultural sustenance and growth.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA THAT:
Section 1. The City supports the current district elections of the Wake County Board of Education as a means of ensuring minority and district representation, and controlling campaign costs, and the City supports the school's diversity policy to ensure a balanced and equal education for all our City's children.
Adopted: March 17, 2009
WAKE COMMUNITY NETWORK: WHERE YA BEEN BRAD - PALLING AROUND WITH RACIAL GENOCIDE PROPONENTS?
COSTLY LAND DEALS + ARGUMENTS OVER PROPERTY DEED TRANSFERS = YET MORE CUTS FOR WAKE SCHOOLS
STAN NORWALK SAYS DO AS WE SAY, NOT AS WE DO
AFTER RECORD DROUGHTS, MEEKER FAILS TO EVEN PRODUCE A SATISFACTORY DROUGHT PLAN
WAKE COMMISSIIONERS SPEND $25,000 TO STUDY HOW TO DO A FESTIVAL - NOT ACTUALLY CONDUCT AN EVENT
Monday, March 23, 2009
From: Cheek, Patricia Patricia.Cheek@ci.raleigh.nc.us
Subject: Raleigh City Council Meeting---Tuesday, March 17 @ 1:30pm
Date: Friday, March 6, 2009, 9:54 AM
Dr. West has asked that you make every effort to attend this Council meeting if possible. We look forward to seeing you there.
Do you think the Raleigh City Council should make JOBS and NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY in Southeast Raleigh its FIRST PRIORITY?
Do you want Southeast Raleigh to have access to $$ funds from Obama’s Economic Stimulus Program?
Do you think our community needs LESS CRIME and MORE YOUTH PROGRAMS?
BE THE CHANGE!
Come and support the Southeast Raleigh Quality of Life Coalition!
Where: Raleigh City Council Meeting
City Council Chambers
222 West Hargett Street
When: Tuesday, March 17 @ 1:30pm
E-mail Brad Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org
to get more involved!
Patricia Lynch Cheek
Community Services Assistant
Community Services Department
Community Services Homepage
We here at Wake Community like to think we closely follow issues regarding Southeast Raleigh. We've reported on murder after murder on Bragg Street and Tarboro Road. We've criticized Mayor Meeker for his utter "benign neglect" of your community's serious crime issues while pumping millions of dollars into Fayetteville Street for yuppie intellectuals.
One thing that's been missing in all our coverage and the stories we've followed?YOU.
Haven't heard from you in a while. Where ya been?
We just heard your glowing presentation of passion and concern for Southeast Raleigh. (You can view it here.)
Apparently you've decided to assemble all the Southeast Raleigh groups together for your "quality of life" coalition.
You sure did use a lot of resilient words in your presentation. Very passionate I must say.
You spoke of:
"... common commitment to do whatever we can, to make it stronger."
"... but we don't want to bury our heads in the sand."
"... situation that cannot be tolerated."
"... explosion of crime, particularly violent crime, that is intolerable."
"These problems cannot be left behind."
We just would love to know where this passion was recently as Southeast Raleigh rotted, as violent crime skyrocketed, social ills prevailed and shopping centers like Longview lost businesses.
We can observe one thing though. You seem all about some stimulus cash and making sure your hands are in the cookie jar. Suddenly you're on the scene.
You spoke that the".. stimulus package represents an opportunity for community investment." and that Raleigh should "... aggressively pursue the resources in the stimulus."
You ran through a whole host of social programs and services for Southeast Raleigh. Any of this stuff have a proven track record of working? Or are we burning yet more money on failed social services endeavors. Not sure why we should be too hard on you though - the Wake County Public School System spends millions on this annually and refuses to show any proven track record of success.
Don't get us wrong. Southeast Raleigh faces a lot of challenges and we've made it abundantly clear that Mayor Meeker's "benign neglect" is shameful.
The money was there to address serious problems in your community - but Mayor Charles "livable streets" Meeker chose not to invest in your community, but rather to pump millions of dollars into Mint restaurants, tear up Fayetteville Street and build City Plazas. And he continues to do so.
If you are serious about helping out Southeast Raleigh, then we would welcome your voice in criticizing Raleigh's misplaced priorities. Will you criticize Mayor Meeker?
One last thing. You went to the 1995 Million Man March in DC. Folks like former Sheriff John Baker spoke clearly when they said:
"All right, you are going to Washington. Then what?" Baker said. "What are you going to do the next day?" (Raleigh News & Observer - 10/18/95)
What did you do the next day, and the day after and the day after until March 17, 2009?
It's also interesting who you traveled to DC with for the March.
"It was kind of overwhelming -- a whole sea of people," said Bakari Kambon, who went to Washington with his father, Kamau Kambon, and Brad Thompson, a Raleigh city councilman. (Raleigh News & Observer - 10/18/95)
For those who don't know Dr. Kamau Kambon, he called for the extermination of the white race at Howard University in October of 2005. You can view the video here.
Part of the problem with our minority youth in Southeast Raleigh are the influences they come into contact with.
We would welcome your formal denouncement of Dr. Kambon. Your silence will speak volumes.
MINORITY GROUP SEEKS TO PRESERVE SYSTEM FAILING MINORITY CHILDREN.
MEEKER TWISTS FACTS IN SUPPORT OF PORK SPENDING IN DOWNTOWN RALEIGH
BEYOND $10 MILLION FOR THE HILLSBOROUGH STREET ROUNDABOUT, RALEIGH CITY COUNCIL SPENDS ALMOST $400,000 TO PRETTY UP HILLSBOROUGH STREET
LOOK HOMEWARD ANGELS - TEA PARTY FOCUSES ON DC - PLENTY OF MEEKER'S PORK JUST DOWN THE STREET
ROLESVILLE LOOKING TO EXPAND ITS EXTRATERRITORIAL JURISDICTION
Friday, March 20, 2009
VENITA PEYTON SPEAKS TRUTH ABOUT GREED IN SOUTHEAST RALEIGH
DON FRANTZ SEEKS CHANGES IN CARY ELECTIONS
WAKE UP WAKE COUNTY BEGINS COORDINATED PUSH FOR FLAWED TAXPAYER BOONDOGGLE KNOWN AS LIGHT RAIL
Thursday, March 19, 2009
MORRISVILLE LOOKS TO SCALE DOWN TOWN EVENTS WHILE RALEIGH CONTINUES DOWNTOWN SPENDING SPREE
AMBER ALERT: WHERE IS THE SUPPORT PATTI HEAD CLAIMS
INDY BLOG CALLS $10 MILLION WASTED FOR HILLSBOROUGH STREET ROUNDABOUT DREAMY
WHERE YA BEEN BRAD - BRAD THOMPSON PONIES UP TO THE PORK TROUGH
RALEIGH TOPS IN GROWTH - JUST GIVE STAN NORWALK ENOUGH TIME TO KILL IT
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
RALEIGH CITY COUNCIL SUPPORTS FAILED SOCIO-ECONOMIC DIVERSITY PROGRAM - ONLY ISLEY SAYS NO
RALEIGH SEEKS TO RAISE WATER RATES/TAXES BY 17% WHILE SPENDING MILLIONS ON PUBLIC ART
RALEIGH CITY COUNCIL BLOWS BANK ON DOWNTOWN RALEIGH ONCE AGAIN - $10 MILLION FOR A ROUNDABOUT
LOBBYING BEGINS TO SAVE COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS
COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS (PART TWO)
WAKE SCHOOLS REAPING THE WASTE THEY SOWED
TRIANGLE TRANSIT PUSHING TAXES IN FUQUAY-VARINA
PETYON TELLS NORWALK TO SPEAK UP
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
WHAT VENITA PEYTON WANTS IN A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER
SCHOOL BOARD WASTE FORCES CUTS IN TUTORS FOR HIGH POVERTY SCHOOLS
WAKE COUNTY SELLING OVER $500 MILLION IN BONDS TODAY
WRAL QUESTIONS RALEIGH POLICE CHIEF ON SPENDING, BUT WILL THEY INVESTIGATE MEEKER'S LAVISH DOWNTOWN SPENDING AND PUBLIC ART
NOW WAKE SCHOOLS SPENDING MONEY ON PR TV SHOWS IN TIGHT BUDGET TIMES
RALEIGH CITY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER REVISED ARTS PROGRAM ORDINANCE AT MEETING TODAY
PATTI HEAD PASSES ON RUNNING AGAIN
WAKE OFFICIALS LOBBIED FOR MASSIVE TAX INCREASE TRANSIT PLAN
RALEIGH PROJECTS CUTS TO CITY BUDGET, BUT GOES HOG WILD ON SPENDING FOR ARTS
Friday, March 13, 2009
You can read a generalized Wikipedia definition here.
Essentially it is taking a task typically given to a specific person - be it an employee, staff member, contractor, etc. - and putting it before the large unnamed public for review.
We hope to harness the knowledge and experience the greater Wake County Community possess.
Each week we will crowd source a document(s) or item(s) for public review and comment. We will encourage you, the Wake County community, to apply your wealth of knowledge and experience and provide us your thoughts and observations.
We will keep all sources for information confidential to encourage as much input as possible.
We hope through this to provide a better educational service to the Wake County community.
Likewise, if you have a document or idea for "crowd sourcing," we welcome suggestions. Please send them to us at email@example.com.
Thanks. We look forward to hearing from you.
TONY ASION OF EL PUEBLO - "CRIMINALS AREN'T CRIMINALS"
WILL MAYOR CHARLES “BENIGN NEGLECT” MEEKER RUN AGAIN
NOW STUDENT SOCIAL ENGINEERING NOT JUST FOR WAKE SCHOOL BOARD - LOCAL JUDGE ORDERS PARENT TO STOP HOME SCHOOLING - SEND CHILD TO WAKE'S SCHOOLS OF EXCELLENCE
TWO RALEIGH BRIDGES AMONG STATE'S WORST - BUT WE SURE DO HAVE A PRETTY FAYETTEVILLE STREET
APEX ECONOMY BETTER THAN EXPECTED - MAYOR WEATHERLY SAYS NO TO TAX INCREASES
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
WAKE SCHOOLS COMMUNITY ALLIANCE DRAWS LARGE CROWD IN WAKE FOREST
WAKE SCHOOLS APOLOGIZE TO ACLU - PARENTS STILL WAITING ON THEIR APOLOGY
WAKE SCHOOLS FEIGN CONCERN ABOUT STUDENTS SLEEP HABITS
WASTEFUL WAKE SCHOOL BOARD TO SEE 5% CUT FROM STATE FOR 09-10
VENITA PEYTON - WAKE SCHOOLS AND REALTORS
WESTERN WAKE TOWNS PUT IN WISH LIST FOR STIMULUS PIG
ZEBULON BUDGET SHOWS SURPLUS
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
A JOKE THAT ISN'T FUNNY - WAKE SCHOOL BOARD ADOPTS NEW ETHICS POLICY
NOW OBAMA IS COVERING FOR MAYOR MEEKER'S BENIGN NEGLECT
RALEIGH SPENDS $225 MILLION FOR NEW GRADUATION VENUE?
WAKE COUNTY KEEPS AAA BOND RATING
CHAPEL HILL SHOWS - SMALLER DISTRICTS LEADS TO BETTER SCHOOLS WITH MORE PARENTAL INTERACTION
Monday, March 9, 2009
POLICE CHASE SUSPECT IN CRIME RIDDEN, MEEKER NEGLECTED, DOWNTOWN RALEIGH
CRISIS FOR MEEKER - "DOWNTOWN" PROJECT ON HOLD
NC JUSTICE CENTER PUSHING LAND BASED TAXES FOR FLAWED LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM
Friday, March 6, 2009
CRIME AND VIOLENCE AT WAKE SCHOOLS
SCHOOL BOARD TURNS DOWN PAY RAISE "FISCALLY EFFICIENT" SCHOOL BUREAUCRATS TRY TO GIVE THEM
WASTEFUL WAKE SCHOOL BOARD’S CHICKENS HAVE COME HOME TO ROOST
WASTEFUL SCHOOL BOARD PART 2
WAKE SCHOOLS COMMUNITY ALLIANCE MOVES FORWARD - RANKS SWELL TO OVER 1000 MEMBERS
RALEIGH TO GIVE OUT FREE INTERNET TO DOWNTOWN ILLUMINATI RESIDENTS - NOT THE POOR ONES
RALEIGH GIVES MONEY TO AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL BUT NEGLECTS PROBLEMS FACING THEIR COMMUNITIES
VENITA PEYTON'S INSIGHTFUL SCHOOL COMMENTARY
Thursday, March 5, 2009
ATTEND WAKE SCHOOLS COMMUNITY ALLIANCE MEETING
DEL BURNS BUDGET ACTUALLY A $6.4 MILLION INCREASE
WAKE NCAE GOES INTO CHICKEN LITTLE MODE - WHERE WAS THE CONCERN WITH WASTED MONEY IN THE PAST
NO CATASTROPHE FOR MEEKER - PASTRY SHOP CLOSES BUT IT'S FAR ENOUGH AWAY FROM DOWNTOWN
This meeting is for ALL Wake residents interested in challenging the WCPSS reassignment process and other severe problems within our school system.
Location:The Forks CafeteriaWake Forest - www.forkscafeteria.com
Time:6pm, Dinner available to purchase
Meeting starts @ 6:30pm
Seating is up to 120 people. Those who attended in Holly Springs are welcome, but this month's meeting is to welcome citizens from Northern Wake to join our cause!
**Attendees at this meeting include Mayor Mayor Ronnie Williams (Garner), Mayor Frank Eagles (Rolesville) and County Commissioner Joe Bryan**
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
CUT COMMISSIONERS PAY 10% - WAKE GOP COMMISSIONERS SAY YES, WAKE DEM COMMISSIONERS SAY NO
WAKE COMMUNITY NETWORK: WHO WILL PAY FOR RALEIGH CHAMBER JUNKET: TAXPAYERS OR CAMPAIGNS?
WAKE SCHOOLS COMMUNITY ALLIANCE SETS UP PAC
WAKE HOME SALES DECLINE - TELL US AGAIN WAKE UP WAKE COUNTY ABOUT THIS GREAT, STABLE BUDGETARY RESOURCE
ARROGANT WAKE SCHOOL BOARD TO POTENTIALLY END PANTHER CREEK HIGH SCHOOL MESS TONIGHT
Among the selling points, particularly for elected officials, is that they can learn "how Dallas has become a successful market for transit, arts investment, and headquarter relocation."
Cost per person for the three day trip is $1,999. Must be a nice trip.
A number of local elected officials will attend.
The current list includes:
Harold Webb - Wake County Commissioners
Dick Sears - Holly Springs Town Council
Charles Meeker - Raleigh City Council
Nancy McFarlane - Raleigh City Council
Anne McLaurin - Wake County Board of Education
Nobody's faulting them for going.
Our concern is: Who's going to pay?
Recently Wake County Commissioner Tony Gurley asked Wake County Attorney Scott Warren if commissioners could use campaign funds to pay for these type of trips instead of billing it back to the county.
Mr. Warren replied back with the following memo:
The answer, in short, is yes.
Mr. Warren cited NCGS 163-278.16B(a)(2).
§ 163‑278.16B. Use of contributions for certain purposes.
(a) A candidate or candidate campaign committee may use contributions only for the following purposes:
(1) Expenditures resulting from the campaign for public office by the candidate or candidate's campaign committee.
(2) Expenditures resulting from holding public office.
While Commissioner Gurley asked as a county commissioner, the statute extends to any local elected official.
If the trip is valuable, let these local elected officials justify it to their campaign donors. If not maybe those up for re-election can justify it to voters this fall.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Subject: A Call to Action
Takeourschoolsback.org has joined up with the Wake Schools Community Alliance (WSCA).
For years, parent groups have formed all over Wake County to take on the school system regarding reassignment, MYR and other important issues. WSCA has succeeded in bringing together all of these groups for the very first time.
Four School Board seats are up for election this October. These four districts (Currently represented by P.Head, E.Goettee, L.Millberg and H.Tart) have all been badly treated by the School Board, and are ready for change. WSCA is harnessing the power of parent groups across Wake County to elect candidates who will reform assignment practices.
WSCA's core beliefs are simple:
We support candidates who will reestablish community schools and stable assignments.
We support candidates who will retain Year-Round schools, but end the practice of mandatory assignment.
Three Wake County mayors have already pledged their support to WSCA, and four more will follow suit this week. Three Wake County Commissioners have already pledged support. The most recent WSCA meeting was standing-room only, and community support continues to build.
We have never had a better opportunity to change the course of Wake County schools than the 2009 elections. WSCA is currently interviewing candidates for all four school districts. We will endorse candidates and provide their campaigns with the funding and volunteers they need to WIN.
To learn more about WSCA, please visit WakeSCA.org soon. Consider joining up and becoming part of a historic campaign. And while you are on the web site, please consider making a donation to the WSCA PAC. How wonderful will it be to return to stable, community-based skills? The PAC will be used to contribute directly to candidates and to complement their campaigns.
If you read the N&O or watch local news, you have seen that WSCA is being taken very seriously. People who are trying to hold onto the past are nervous, and they should be. Please support WSCA in any way you can, this is the year we get the job done.
OF 137,000 WAKE COUNTY MEMBERS, GROUP ONLY PULLS 10 FOR COUNTYWIDE PROTEST
GUILFORD SUPERINTENDENT TURNS DOWN RAISE, DEL BURNS DID NOT
HAROLD WEBB SUPPORTS DIVERSITY AT ALL COSTS - NO MATTER THAT IT HAS NO EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS AND SADDLES WAKE COUNTY WITH ENORMOUS COSTS
WASTEFUL WAKE SCHOOL BOARD MAY NOW HAVE TO MAKE LAYOFFS
RUTH SHEEHAN MISSES THE RHETORIC AT SCHOOL DIVERSITY MEETING
REALITY CHECK - LOCAL ILLUMINATI PUSH MASSIVE TAX INCREASES FOR FLAWED TRANSPORTATION GOALS
WAKE COMMUNITY NETWORK: UPCOMING CONSERVATIVE EVENTS