Wake County School Board http://wunc.org en School Boards Challenge The Elimination Of Teacher Tenure http://wunc.org/post/school-boards-challenge-elimination-teacher-tenure <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Durham school board members voted unanimously yesterday to join a lawsuit that challenges the elimination of teacher tenure and replaces it with a selective performance pay system.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:39:48 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 31617 at http://wunc.org School Boards Challenge The Elimination Of Teacher Tenure Wake School Board Joins Opposition To 25 Percent Mandate http://wunc.org/post/wake-school-board-joins-opposition-25-percent-mandate <p>On Thursday nights, some Broughton High School teachers get together after school. And while other days might be spent collaborating with colleagues or coaching a team or tutoring students, this meeting is different. They are coming together to write letters to Legislators – explaining that they are unhappy, unappreciated, and unified.</p><p>For many, the State Legislature ending tenure and replacing it with a plan that will give bonuses and four-year contracts to the top 25 percent of teachers - if they relinquish their tenure rights now – was the last straw.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 09:48:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 31525 at http://wunc.org Wake School Board Joins Opposition To 25 Percent Mandate Vote Likely To Be Close On Wake School Bond http://wunc.org/post/vote-likely-be-close-wake-school-bond <p>The Marching Trojans from Garner Magnet High School aren’t marching this morning – they are sitting, and practicing, in the band room. Their bags and instrument cases are stacked in every corner of the tiny space, on pockmarked floors and against cracked walls.</p><p>After band class, many will make their way across a grass-less, uncovered field to the temporary, modular cafeteria. Or as they call it here, the “Trailer-teria.”</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 08:47:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 23049 at http://wunc.org Vote Likely To Be Close On Wake School Bond John Tedesco Departs Wake School Board http://wunc.org/post/john-tedesco-departs-wake-school-board <p>The past few years on the <a href="http://www.wcpss.net/about-us/our-leadership/board-of-education/bios.html">Wake County School Board</a> have been marked by controversy. Republicans came into power in 2009 and board member John Tedesco led the charge to eliminate the school assignment program, sparking outrage and national attention.</p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 14:47:06 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 21845 at http://wunc.org John Tedesco Departs Wake School Board Wake County Beefs Up Bus Routes http://wunc.org/post/wake-county-beefs-bus-routes <p>Most traditional-calendar public schools open their doors to students starting this morning. In Wake County, all will be on its extensive transportation system.</p><p>Last year was, by most anyone’s standards, a disaster for the bus system in Wake County. Hundreds of students were late for school, stranded at the wrong bus stop, or simply not picked up. It came about because buses were removed from routes to save money when implementing a choice-based student assignment plan.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 08:14:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 21304 at http://wunc.org Wake County Beefs Up Bus Routes Wake GOP Opposes Local School And Transportation Bonds http://wunc.org/post/wake-gop-opposes-local-school-and-transportation-bonds <p>The Wake County Republican Party is opposing bond referendums for Raleigh transportation and public school construction projects.&nbsp;</p><p>Voters will decide in October whether to approve $75 million in improvements to sidewalks and roads as well as traffic calming projects in Raleigh.&nbsp; The Wake GOP executive committee says it voted to oppose that bond due to the city's accumulating debt.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:03:34 +0000 Will Michaels 21150 at http://wunc.org Wake GOP Opposes Local School And Transportation Bonds Voters Will Soon Decide Fate Of Wake School Bond http://wunc.org/post/voters-will-soon-decide-fate-wake-school-bond <p>The last time Wake County voters had a chance to decide on a nearly $1 billion school bond, they passed it. That was seven years ago. But in 1999, a school bond failed, due to concern over higher taxes.</p><p>That mixed history has school leaders on edge. They say <a href="http://www.wakegov.com/bonds/Pages/default.aspx">a new bond</a> is essential to serving the district’s 150,000 students. Another 20,000 are expected within the next five years. They hope to build 16 new schools and make major renovations to other building to deal with that growth.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 20273 at http://wunc.org Voters Will Soon Decide Fate Of Wake School Bond House: Construction Stays With Wake School Board http://wunc.org/post/house-construction-stays-wake-school-board <p>The North Carolina House has voted down a bill that would have handed over school construction and maintenance responsibilities to the Wake County Commissioners.</p><p><a href="http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2013&amp;BillID=h726">The bill</a> would have taken that responsibility away from the Wake County School Board. Supporters argued that the county commissioners have more experience in school construction. Opponents warned that the Legislature should not set a precedent in a local dispute.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 19:51:26 +0000 Dave DeWitt 19546 at http://wunc.org House: Construction Stays With Wake School Board Tedesco Will Not Seek Re-Election To Wake School Board http://wunc.org/post/tedesco-will-not-seek-re-election-wake-school-board <p>Today was the final day to file to run in the election for Wake County School Board, and at least one prominent incumbent will be leaving the Board.</p><p>John Tedesco has been the highest-profile board member since he was elected in 2009. He led the Republican effort to end Wake County’s student assignment plan that diversified schools based on family income.</p><p>Tedesco, a Republican, announced earlier this week that he will not seek a second term. Democrats re-took the majority on the Board in 2011 and scrapped the choice plan that replaced the diversity plan.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 17:42:16 +0000 Dave DeWitt 19250 at http://wunc.org Tedesco Will Not Seek Re-Election To Wake School Board Wake County Sheriff Encourages Creation Of School Police Force http://wunc.org/post/wake-county-sheriff-encourages-creation-school-police-force <p>Wake County’s sheriff, Donnie Harrison, is urging the School Board to create its own police force.&nbsp; Harrison made the comments as part of a report to the Wake School Board on school security.</p><p>He says school security issues are more important now, six months after the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:37:24 +0000 Dave DeWitt 17786 at http://wunc.org Wake County Sheriff Encourages Creation Of School Police Force