Education
1:42 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Tedesco Will Not Seek Re-Election To Wake School Board

John Tedesco
John Tedesco will not seek re-election to the Wake County School Board.
Credit Wake County Public Schools

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.

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.

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.

All other incumbents who are up for another term on the School Board have decided to run this fall.

The 2013 Wake School Board elections will be the last under the current elections rules. Earlier this session, the Legislature passed a law that changes the district system and moves Wake School Board elections to even-numbered years. Democrats say the changes will make it easier for Republicans to re-gain a majority on the School Board.