Wake County School Board

The State of Things
12:37 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Meet Monika Johnson-Hostler

Monika Johnston-Hostler
Credit monikaforschools.com

Frank Stasio talks to Monika Johnson-Hostler

Host Frank Stasio talks with Monika Johnston-Hostler, Executive Director of the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Wake County School Board Member. 

The State of Things
1:39 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

School Boards Challenge The Elimination Of Teacher Tenure

Broughton High School teacher Lee Quinn speaks out against the 25 percent mandate.
Credit Dave DeWitt

WUNC education reporter Dave Dewitt talks about a lawsuit that challenges the elimination of teacher tenure

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. 

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Education
4:48 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Wake School Board Joins Opposition To 25 Percent Mandate

Broughton High School teacher Lee Quinn speaks out against the 25 percent mandate.
Credit Dave DeWitt

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.

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.

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Education
4:47 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Vote Likely To Be Close On Wake School Bond

Opponents have launched an aggressive effort to defeat the Wake School Bond.
Credit Dave DeWitt

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.

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.”

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The State of Things
10:47 am
Tue September 3, 2013

John Tedesco Departs Wake School Board

Credit Wake County Public Schools

WUNC education reporter and Raleigh Bureau Chief Dave Dewitt discusses John Tedesco’s tenure and other school issues

The past few years on the Wake County School Board 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.

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Education
4:14 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Wake County Beefs Up Bus Routes

Wake Schools pumped $2 million into its transportation system.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Most traditional-calendar public schools open their doors to students starting this morning. In Wake County, all will be on its extensive transportation system.

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.

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Politics & Government
4:03 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Wake GOP Opposes Local School And Transportation Bonds

The Wake County GOP says it's opposed to a $75 million Raleigh transportation bond and a $810 million Wake Schools bond going to the ballot in October.
Credit Dave DeWitt

The Wake County Republican Party is opposing bond referendums for Raleigh transportation and public school construction projects. 

Voters will decide in October whether to approve $75 million in improvements to sidewalks and roads as well as traffic calming projects in Raleigh.  The Wake GOP executive committee says it voted to oppose that bond due to the city's accumulating debt. 

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Education
4:00 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Voters Will Soon Decide Fate Of Wake School Bond

A school bond would add $145 to the tax bill for the average Wake County homeowner.
Credit Dave DeWitt

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.

That mixed history has school leaders on edge. They say a new bond 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.

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Politics & Government
3:51 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

House: Construction Stays With Wake School Board

The Wake School Board will retain the responsibility for school construction.
Credit Dave DeWitt

The North Carolina House has voted down a bill that would have handed over school construction and maintenance responsibilities to the Wake County Commissioners.

The bill 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.

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Education
1:42 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Tedesco Will Not Seek Re-Election To Wake School Board

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.

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