Tag Archives: Wake County Board of Education

Anyone heard from AdvancED?

In 2010, accrediting group AdvancED, the parent organization of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, initiated a review of Wake County Board of Education policies.  The NC chapter of the NAACP complained that the center-right board majority wanted to resegregate Wake County’s public schools, which was enough to prompt an investigation by AdvancED. Now,Continue Reading

Career administrators are not “career educators”

Protip for the Triangle media: Wake County’s new superintendent, Jim Merrill, is a career administrator, not a career educator.  An educator provides instruction.  An administrator manages the enterprise that allows instruction to occur. Yes, he was a teacher before he became an administrator, presumably in 1984, but since then, he’s held various administrative posts.  That meansContinue Reading

Martin: Grades good for kids, not for schools

The News & Observer reports that the Democratic majority on the Wake County Board of Education does not like a number of the education reforms passed by the General Assembly last year.  For example, the Excellent Public Schools Act directs the NC Department of Public Instruction to assign a letter grade to each school basedContinue Reading

So much for open-mindedness, respect

Before Editors, News & Observer: “Our endorsements: What’s at stake in Wake’s school election,” September 30, 2011 [Susan] Evans goes right to the heart of the decision that voters in these five school board districts will make. Her grasp of what’s at stake – together with her pledge to operate in an open-minded, respectful mannerContinue Reading

Wake County back in the spotlight

Tony Tata on the front page of the latest issue of Education Week. From the article, “Superintendent Fired in Wake County, N.C.,” The school board said Mr. Tata’s dismissal was not politically motivated, despite a vote that fell along party lines, with Democratic members leading the call for Mr. Tata to leave.  

Tata’s email to Wake school employees

From: Anthony Tata/Superintendent/WCPSS Date: 09/25/2012 05:56PM Subject: Thank You Team, The board voted yesterday to seek my separation without cause, after which I reluctantly entered into negotiations that resulted in an agreement that effective today I would no longer serve as your superintendent. I am proud of everything that all of you have accomplished inContinue Reading

Unsolicited advice: Wake County edition

Headline: Saunders: In Tata debate, let’s watch the extreme language UA: Barry, 1) Find a time machine.  2) Publish the above statement of civility in 2009.  3) Enjoy a shred of credibility in the current debate.   Headline: Dome: Teachers group challenges McCrory UA: Pat, ignore the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) and theContinue Reading

Student performance in Wake County

Yesterday, News & Observer education reporter Keung Hui wrote extensively about a Wake County Board of Education discussion of magnet schools and student achievement.  He linked to a huge collection of data and charts that detailed student performance and demographics at elementary, middle, high, and alternative schools in Wake County.  If you are into “thatContinue Reading