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GSIW wants next Wake County schools superintendent to be a career educator

Members of the Wake County school board's Democratic majority and the Great Schools in Wake Coalition are offering their perspectives on the search for a new superintendent to the liberal N.C. Policy Watch.

In an article published Thursday, author Lucy Hood says GSIW members want the next superintendent to be a career educator, someone with experience in the classroom. This would come after GSIW had opposed the hiring of former Superintendent Tony Tata, a retired U.S. Army brigadier general.

“No more professional hires from the military, or business,” says GSIW program coordinator Patty Williams in the article. “I’m a business person. I do not believe business people should be running a school district. …. The superintendent needs to be professionally trained and a highly experienced educator.”

Keith Sutton expected to be elected Wake County school board chairman on Tuesday

The start of the Keith Sutton era as Wake County school board chairman is expected to begin Tuesday.

The board will hold an organizational meeting on Tuesday to select a chair and vice chair for the next year. Sutton, the board's vice chairman, said that Kevin Hill has told him he won't seek another term as board chairman.

While Sutton won't outright say he's running for chairman, it's pretty clear if you read between the lines.

SEE UPDATE AT END OF POST

Wake County school board member Susan Evans apologizes for grabbing microphone from Deborah Prickett

Wake County school board member Susan Evans has apologized, with a caveat, to having yanked the microphone away from colleague Deborah Prickett on Wednesday.

As noted in today's article, Evans called Prickett to apologize for having grabbed the microphone out of her hands. But Evans, along with fellow board member Jim Martin, contend that Prickett was out of order for having polled the crowd at the student assignment hearing if they're satisfied with the choice plan.

"I certainly want to admit that taking the microphone away from Mrs. Prickett was not an appropriate way to deal with her violation of the rules of order," Evans said.

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Wake County school board committee talks about setting limits on how long board members can speak

Should the Wake County school board consider putting time limits on how long individual board members can debate issues at meetings?

The school board's policy on rules of order has a section on board debate, including saying a person who hasn't spoken yet should be allowed to talk before a board member speaks again. It also talks about, to the extent possible, alternating between proponents and opponents of a measure.

During Tuesday's policy committee meeting, board member Susan Evans said she's fine with the present debate rules. But Evans also asked if they wanted to consider putting time limits on how much individual board members can speak when they have the floor.

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Wake County school board to discuss holding early release days on Wednesdays on Dec. 4

Pencil in Dec. 4 for what could be a lively discussion about whether the Wake County school system should hold early release days on Wednesday or Fridays.

As noted in today's article, the school board's executive committee has put the early release issue on the agenda for the Dec. 4 board work session. The board's Democratic majority has the votes to push through a change but whether they want to risk any appearance of a scaled-back return to Wacky Wednesdays/Wake Wednesdays remains to be seen.

Aside from the argument from supporters that Wednesdays would be better for promoting student achievement, you're also likely to hear that they're only talking about six Wednesdays per student and not every week.

Lack of new schools to fill could impact future Wake County student assignment plans

The lack of new schools opening past the 2013-14 school year means that the Wake County school board will have less cover to justify moving large numbers of students in the next few years.

Historically, reassignment plans have been bigger in the years when lots of new schools are being filled. That's allowed school boards, through the process of backfilling schools, to accomplish more just populating new schools.

But with so few new schools coming on line in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years, the Democratic board majority will have to come up with other reasons if more than must minimal plans are adopted.

Talking about giving Hilburn Academy students magnet selection priority to Enloe High School

Should Hilburn Academy students get a priority in the magnet selection process to attend Enloe High School?

During last week's review of the draft 2013-14 student assignment plan, board member Deborah Prickett asked for an explanation of why elementary magnet students get selection priority to stay in the program through middle and high school. She said she wasn't objecting but wanted an explanation given to the public.

Board member Christine Kushner, a magnet parent, cited the need to provide program continuity. She then brought up the issue of whether that same continuity should be provided to Hilburn students who, while not at a magnet school, share a unique foreign language with Enloe.

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Conducting a review of the Wake County school system's academically and intellectually gifted program

It looks like the Wake County school system may soon hire an outside firm to conduct a review of the district's Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) program.

During last week's school board student achievement committee meeting, staff reviewed different options for how to conduct the review that would help influence revisions that may be made to the AIG program. Click here on this handout.

One option would be to have the state Department of Public Instruction perform the review, possibly during the spring.

SEE UPDATE AT END OF POST

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Eastern Wake leaders hoping next Wake County school board member will be from their area

Should the Wake County school board fill Chris Malone's soon-to-be-vacant seat with a person from Eastern Wake?

As noted in today's article, some Eastern Wake leaders say the vacancy should be filled by a person who would be strong voice for the region. Malone's district includes most of Eastern Wake and also Wake Forest and Rolesville.

Area leaders say they want things such as more resources, magnet schools, electives and other programs to help with the high percentage of free-and-reduced-lunch students in the region's schools.

Holding a student assignment public hearing in an area not affected by reassignment

Does it make sense for the Wake County school system to hold a public hearing in a part of the district where students aren't being reassigned?

Wake County school staff had proposed holding a few public hearings on the new reassignment plan in northeastern Wake, where the bulk of the moves would occur.

But at last week's work session, school board members told staff to schedule at least one hearing outside that part of the county for families who might have other questions about the plan, such as how the base declaration period will work.

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