A compromise may be found today over who should hear recommendations for long-term suspensions for Wake County students.
School board member John Tedesco said he's talked with school board attorney Ann Majestic about having retired Wake teachers volunteer to be in a pool of people to serve on hearing panels. As volunteers, they wouldn't be paid.
Additionally, Tedesco said the fact they're former Wake employees means they wouldn't have federal privacy issues with them hearing the cases.
Majestic says the retired educators would be paid because they're not sure they can get enough volunteers to do it for free.
It would be open to a wide range of people from administrators to teachers to guidance counselors.
The school board approved the discipline policy changes by a 6-2 vote on first reading with Carolyn Morrison and Anne McLaurin voting no.
But the vote to waive policy to skip a second reading failed to get the two-thirds majority needed. It failed 5-3 when John Tedesco joined the dissenters.
All the dissenters had concerns that the changes didn't adequately address concerns raised by youth advocacy groups. But Tedesco was willing to approve on first reading and to work out the changes between now and second reading on July 12.