Tag Archives: Wake County Schools

Self-described “bleeding heart liberal-far, far left” teacher assisting Wake commissioner

Some Wake County middle school teachers have received the following email: To: MartinMS Staff Group@STAFF From: Jennifer Bryant/MartinMS/WCPSS Date: 04/17/2014 01:53PM Subject: Take Action Teachers, I am writing this to make a request of you that is for the benefit of all of us who are educators.  There is a county commissioner who has childrenContinue Reading

Wake County teacher loses

According to the Wake County Schools blog, As of April 9, 2014, more than 600 teachers have left their jobs since the beginning of the school year on July 1, 2013, an increase of 41 percent over the same period last year. Here is some perspective: According to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, WakeContinue Reading

Ten questions that the media should ask

Today, Wake County school officials are holding a press conference to discuss ““the alarming increase in mid-year teacher resignations and the dwindling supply of NC-trained teachers who are qualified to fill the empty positions.”  Here are some questions that the media should ask those participating in the press conference: 1. Is this a Wake CountyContinue Reading

AT&T publishes DPI lesson plan on Wake busing issue

On the website promoting Heritage Calendar 2014, AT&T posted nearly 70 lesson plans, developed by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, that celebrate the “lives and experiences of African Americans in the State.” The lesson plans span most major subjects and grades.  Several of the lessons are excellent.  Teachers and students would be well servedContinue Reading

Bad apples

A concerned parent emailed the following photo to me.  Her child attends a public school in Wake County, and those tasty looking apples were served to her son yesterday.  In other words, the school cafeteria served them to children nearly three weeks after the “Best By” date on the package. What would Michelle Obama say?

Civil rights lawyers object to busing

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR), a legal services and advocacy organization, recently published a critique of Sequoia Union (CA) High School District’s student assignment plan. Public school students who live in East Palo Alto, a low income community, are bused across non‐contiguous boundaries to distant high schoolsContinue 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

N&O: Illusions of grandeur

An anti-voucher editorial in the News & Observer makes the following argument: It is ironic that as Wake County seeks a new superintendent for a stellar public system that’s delivering a quality education to 150,000 students, there are those in the legislature who would undermine that effort by steering needed resources away from public education.Continue Reading