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Monday, June 19, 2017

Wake Passes $1.26 Billion Budget; Schools Get $21 Million in New Funding

Posted By on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 7:20 PM

The annual fiscal wrangle between Wake County's governing bodies ground to a halt Monday as the Board of Commissioners approved a $1.26 billion budget on a 5–2 vote, bumping up the schools’ allocation by $5 million over the county manager’s recommendation to provide $430.9 million in local funding. Commissioner Matt Calabria, who moved to include the extra $5 million, acknowledged that Wake County schools would still lag beyond many other counties in the state even with the increase. Use of a recent $1.5 million rise in sales tax revenues and transfers from debt service and capital funds meant that the...

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Morning Roundup: Tensions Escalate on the Korean Peninsula

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 9:01 AM

We might not have much time. Let's get right into it. 1) North Korea flexes its military muscle. Trump sends nuclear submarine as a "show of force." North Korea paraded around some missiles and held a "large-scale artillery drill" to celebrate its military's anniversary. Not a new thing—but this time, there's a catch. Experts say the country is capable of expanding its nuclear arsenal at an alarming rate. From The New York Times: Behind the Trump administration’s sudden urgency in dealing with the North Korean nuclear crisis lies a stark calculus: a growing body of expert studies and classified intelligence reports...

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Monday, April 24, 2017

HB 13, Bill That Addresses Class Sizes, Moves Forward

Posted By on Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 9:05 PM

In a response of sorts to concern about possible repercussions of state-mandated K–3 class-size reductions, a Senate committee on Monday night rapidly moved forward a modified bill designed to phase in smaller classes. The bill, an altered version of HB 13, gives systems more flexibility in reducing classroom size and paying specialties teachers in the school year that begins in July. In presenting the bill, Senator Chad Barefoot, R-Wake, said that the General Assembly will create an additional allotment for music, art, and physical ed teachers in the 2018–19 school year, after the state Department of Public Instruction satisfies legislators that money sent to districts is being...

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Wake County Eyes New Schools, Increased Spending Plan

Posted By on Tue, Apr 4, 2017 at 8:47 PM

Wake County Public Schools‪ Superintendent Jim Merrill on Tuesday asked county commissioners for a hefty funding hike for the budget year that starts July 1, citing the need to build schools and to support teachers, staff, magnet school programs, and equity efforts. Information on the additional $56 million, as well as this year’s budget, is available at the school system's website and was presented at the Board of Education’s regular meeting Tuesday. The proposed increase, which the system had to develop as state legislators continue to mull their funding of local schools, would bring the county contribution to $466.5 million and represent nearly...

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Wake County Schools Grapple With the Aftermath of Racial Incidents

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 12:49 PM

Racially charged incidents in Wake County Public Schools carry the potential explosiveness of a bomb, and the system must be better prepared to deal with them, Board of Education members said at their Tuesday work session. As the system moves forward with training and structural changes, staff and administrators should realize that recent developments illustrate a deeper, more troubling level of racial division, said chairwoman Monika Johnson-Hostler. Like the parents who called in tears after seeing the racist video made by students at Leesville Road Middle, Johnson-Hostler said she was shocked by the nature of the animus seen in recent months....

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Wake County Principals, Leaders to Seek Solutions Following Race-Driven Incidents

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 7:18 PM

Wake County Public Schools principals will converge on Cary Thursday to discuss the implications of two recent, high-profile episodes of racial disruption—incidents that have brought lost trust and even tears to some system parents. Board of Education Chair Monika Johnson-Hostler said Tuesday that the principals, Superintendent Jim Merrill and other leaders will look for answers in the wake of the episodes. Meanwhile, officials from the Raleigh-Apex NAACP appeared at WCPS headquarters to express their dismay at the incidents and to support the school system's efforts to deal with them. "The faith and the trust in protecting out school children has been lost,"...

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Monday, February 1, 2016

The Morning Roundup: A big night in Iowa and a big day for voter rights in NC

Posted By on Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 8:56 AM

Happy Monday, everybody. Let’s get right to it:  1. So, fellow politics junkies, tonight’s the night. The first actual ballots cast in the 2016 presidential race (albeit in a weird and quirky caucus system that somehow favors both progressives and evangelicals and affords disproportionate power to white, rural and often very religious people).  As The New York Times opines this morning:  It’s easy to grouse about Iowa’s outsize role. It forces candidates who never stood in a cornfield to pay homage to farm subsidies of questionable merit. It skews Republicans’ stances to the evangelical right, and Democrats’ to the...

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Debra Goldman resigns from Wake school board

Posted By on Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 2:40 PM

The conservative voting bloc on Wake County's school board is fading fast. Debra Goldman confirmed to the News and Observer today that she is moving to Wilkes County and has submitted her resignation to the Board of Education. This could allow Democrats on the board to create a 7-2 majority, which would be more diversity-friendly and more likely to push for additional funding during budget season. According to the N&O's report, Goldman appears to have been automatically removed from the board when she changed her voter registration to Wilkes County. If that's true she won't be able to vote at...

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Wake forced to correct how it educates students on long-term suspension

Posted By on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 4:04 PM

The Wake County school system has officially conceded that it has to do a better job educating students with disabilities who receive long-term suspensions. Advocates for Children's Services lodged an official complaint against Wake in July of last year and Wake has come up with a corrective plan of action as part of a settlement agreement. Here's a partial account from Keung Hui's WakeEd blog: In this July complaint, Advocates for Children's Services and attorney Mark Trustin had charged that Wake was failing to provide an appropriate alternative education to five students who missed 10 or more days due to...

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Friday, January 11, 2013

David Crabtree's tepid interview of Tony Tata

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 12:47 PM

During WRAL anchor David Crabtree’s interview of newly appointed Transportation Secretary Tony Tata earlier this week, Crabtree seemed star struck. Crabtree scored an exclusive interview with the retired US Army general, who was fired as Wake County schools’ superintendent late last year. It was Tata’s first interview since the incident. But, rather than questioning Tata over the possible reasons he might have been fired, Crabtree sympathized with Tata about the dismissal. var width=576; var height=324; wral_insert_video_player_11955937(width, height); While Crabtree’s opinion lines up with popular sentiment, he failed to do his due diligence as a journalist by questioning Tata about such...

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