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Wake's efforts to recruit more minority teachers

Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata is making good on his word to recruit more minority teachers.

As noted in today's article, Wake has offered early contracts to 27 new minority teachers as part of a series of spring out-of-state recruitment trips ordered by Tata. But Tata and other school officials say it will take time before Wake's teaching force more closely matches the demographics of the student enrollment.

“This is the beginning of a long-time effort to turn an aircraft carrier of HR policy that has been pretty staid with about an 85 percent Caucasian teaching force,” Tata said. "I'm pretty satisfied with the initial efforts that we've made."

Cash Michaels on impact of high-poverty schools on property values

Cash Michaels is raising the possibility of property values being hurt by the Wake County school board majority's decision to end the diversity policy.

In a blog post Thursday on the sixth part of his series in The Carolinian on the new Walnut Creek Elementary School, Michaels looks at the Quarry Point subdivision near the school.

"With an average selling price of $144,410 per single-family unit, the clean, attractive, relatively new middle-class housing development where, according to, the median income is $46,185; 69 percent of the homeowners are married couples that are both working; and over 25 percent of families there have children, 3 years-old and above, who are enrolled school K-12, the last thing this young community needs is anything that would drive down its collective property values," Michaels writes.

Cash Michaels on what Walnut Creek Elementary's principal needs to know

Cash Michaels is telling Corey Moore what he thinks the educator needs to know about being the new principal of Walnut Creek Elementary School.

In a blog post Wednesday on the fourth part of his series in The Carolinian on Walnut Creek, Michaels warns Moore it won't be easy leading this new "super high poverty school." Michaels suggests that Moore talk with former Superintendent Del Burns, who is quoted in the article talking about the need for additional resources at high poverty schools.

"If Moore is to be successful, and many in the community hope he will be for the sake of his new students, then he must be prepared to fight his own superintendent, if necessary, to ensure that he gets all of the resources the principal of a super high poverty school will need to improve student achievement," Michaels writes. "And the community must help him."

Principals named for Walnut Creek Elementary and Carroll Middle

The Wake County school board has hired tonight principals for two schools that have drawn a lot of parental interest.

The board named Corey A. Moore to be the new principal of Walnut Creek Elementary School in Southeast Raleigh. Based on the demographic mix at Walnut Creek, where 81 percent of students are expected to receive subsidized lunches and half the students aren't passing state reading exams, a $7,000 signing bonus was offered.

Moore is an assistant principal at Middle Creek High and a former principal at Weldon High. Not including the signing bonus, his salary will be $78,102.



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