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Wake County to make six schools more attractive and GSIW says "Let's find A Better Way"

With two days to go before the end of round 2, we've got two new development today in the Wake County student assignment story.

Wake announced that Jeffreys Grove Elementary will get a Spanish immersion program. Lincoln Heights Elementary, Weatherstone Elementary, East Cary Middle, and North Garner Middle will get STEM programs and Forestville Road Elementary will join the Global Schools Collaborative Network.

Also today, the Great Schools in Wake Coalition announced the start of its "Let's Find A Better Way" campaign. GSIW is calling for the development of a new student assignment plan which would essentially take the old node-based plan and address some of the more common complaints.

Wake County school board member Susan Evans apologizes for insulting Superintendent Tony Tata

Here's the dolphin email exchange between Wake County school board member Susan Evans and the leadership of the Great Schools in Wake Coalition that was referenced in a recent Triangle Politics column.

For the backstory, Allison Backhouse forwarded to board members and staff a March 7 email that was sent to Evans, fellow school board member Christine Kushner and several GSIW leaders. One sentence included how an 8-year-old wrote that "a dolphin breaths through an a--hole on the top of its head."

Evans replied back via her personal email account that "I think TT may be a dolphin :)," referring to Superintendent Tony Tata.

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Critics questioning transparency of new Wake County student assignment plan

Has the Wake County school system been transparent as Superintendent Tony Tata has repeatedly told the public?

As noted in today's article, critics of the plan accused Tata and school administrators of being deceptive in how they've pitched the plan to the public. Two areas they raised in particular are their charges that Wake didn't list the true seat availability in round one and that they haven't been open about the assignment algorithm.

"Liar, liar pants on fire,” said Amy Lee, a member of the Great Schools in Wake Coalition, during the public comment section of the school board meeting. “Mr. Tata, are your pants on fire? From the public’s perspective, your pants are on raging fire."

Initial results of Wake County student assignment plan draw differing reactions

The spin from both supporters and critics of Wake County's new student assignment plan is well in progress.

As noted in today's article, critics like the Great Schools in Wake Coalition and some parents dispute Superintendent Tony Tata's assertions that the first round of the selection process was a success.

But Michael Alves, who is being paid by Wake to consult on the plan's implementation, and Wake Education Partnership Vice President Tim Simmons say the results are encouraging.

Online pettions on Wake County student assignment plan and Davis Drive bell schedule changes

A pair of online petitions created by parents hope to reverse actions being considered by the Wake County school board.

This online petition calling for delaying implementation of the new student assignment plan by one year has 370 signatures. The arguments in the petition should sound familiar because they're taken straight from a Great Schools in Wake Coalition paper released in January that called for a one-year delay.

These families from Raleigh's Hayes Barton community also created this Facebook group called "Real 'Choice' for Wake County Schools."

This online petition that has 296 signatures calls for not changing the bell schedules for Davis Drive Elementary, Davis Drive Middle and Green Hope High. The plan shifts Davis Drive Elementary's start time 90 minutes later to 9:15 a.m. while moving Green Hope 40 minutes earlier to 7:25 a.m. and Davis Drive Middle 45 minutes earlier to 7:30 a.m.

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Wake County school board member Susan Evans names Great Schools in Wake leader to BAC co-chair

Wake County school board member Susan Evans has turned to a leader of the Great Schools in Wake Coalition to be one of her District 8 Board Advisory Council chairs.

Evans nominated Patty Williams, the communications director for Great Schools, on Monday to be one of the two BAC co-chairs. Williams was appointed in December to the BAC, which acts as sounding boards for board members.

The appointment comes after the controversy last week about the involvement of Evans and fellow board member Christine Kushner with Great Schools.

1347252092 Wake County school board member Susan Evans names Great Schools in Wake leader to BAC co-chair The News and Observer Copyright 2011 The News and Observer . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Wake County school board member Debra Goldman accusing Susan Evans and Christine Kushner of violating their oaths

Wake County school board member Debra Goldman is defending Superintendent Tony Tata and accusing board members Susan Evans and Christine Kushner of having violated their oaths.

In an interview Tuesday on the Bill LuMaye Show on WPTF, Goldman tell the conservative talk show host that Tata was "completely correct here" in emailing Evans and Kushner because "they've refused to disaffiliate from special-interest groups," namely the the Great Schools in Wake Coalition.

Goldman points to Evans and Kushner accepting the award last month for GSIW and attending the recent GSIW student assignment forum to dispute their statements that they're not involved with the group. She said it's "highly inappropriate to be out there championing a fringe group like this."

1347252718 Wake County school board member Debra Goldman accusing Susan Evans and Christine Kushner of violating their oaths The News and Observer Copyright 2011 The News and Observer . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Rob Schofield accusing Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata of spreading "an outrageous set of lies"

Rob Schofield is slamming Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata for questioning school board members Susan Evans and Christine Kushner about their ties to the Great Schools in Wake Coalition.

In a blog post today, Schofield of the liberal N.C. Policy Watch writes that "Tata is little more than a puppet voice for the same forces that owned and manipulated the former “gang of five." He calls Tata's latest actions a "dishonest and politically-calculated assault. He praises Great Schools as a "heroic citizens group" that is "made up almost of exclusively of concerned moms."

Schofield, who has been a frequent critic of Tata, contends that raising concerns that Evans and Kushner are kowtowing to a special-interest group are "an outrageous set of lies." He points to the various groups that current and former Republican school board members have been involved with.

"The bottom line: Absent some kind of sincere apology, Tata has irreparably compromised his ability to lead the Wake County schools in an honest and productive way," Schofield writes.

1347252769 Rob Schofield accusing Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata of spreading "an outrageous set of lies" The News and Observer Copyright 2011 The News and Observer . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Superintendent Tony Tata warning about potential ethics violations in board member ties to Great Schools in Wake Coalition

Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata isn't backing down from the concerns he's raised about the ties between the Great Schools in Wake Coalition and school board members Susan Evans and Christine Kushner.

Tata issued a statement today warning that the two board members may have "potential serious code of ethics violations" because of their ties with Great Schools. He also alleges that Great Schools has a "stranglehold" on the board members.

Both board members told Tata in their email responses they're not currently involved with the group. But Tata charges they refused his requests to sever ties with Great Schools.

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Superintendent Tony Tata questioning school board members Susan Evans and Christine Kushner about ties to Great Schools in Wake

Should Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata have questioned new school board members Susan Evans and Christine Kushner about their ties to the Great Schools in Wake Coalition?

As noted in today's article, Tata emailed both board members on Saturday questioning whether they were involved in Great School's Friday press release on the bell schedule changes and the new assignment plan. Tata repeatedly questioned their affiliation with a group that's been critical of him and staff.

In their response, Evans and Kushner denied any current involvement with Great Schools or the press release. They also accused Tata of making a public attack on them because the email message is a public record.

(The text of the email messages is later on in the post.)

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