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Bill Fletcher has fundraising lead in Wake County school board contest

Wake County school member Bill Fletcher has a fundraising lead over challenger Nancy Caggia in the District 9 contest.

According to Fletcher’s latest campaign finance report, he reported raising $18,960 and spending $13,790.18 through Sept. 23. According to Caggia’s latest campaign finance report, she reported raising $10,687.27 and spending $3,123.99.

Fletcher’s biggest donors in the latest report were the $1,000 from Ann Campbell and the $1,000 from retired real-estate agent Kim Carlton. Fletcher is the only Republican school board candidate to have gotten a donation from Campbell since she started giving money in the 2011 school board elections.

Tom Benton has two-to-one fundraising edge in Wake County school board race

Wake County school board member Tom Benton has a nearly two-to-one fundraising edge over challenger Don McIntyre in the District 1 contest.

According to Benton’s latest campaign finance report, he reported raising $8,616.72 with $7,157.05 on hand at the end of August. According to McIntyre’s latest campaign finance report, he reported raising $4,333 with $405.15 on hand.

Benton, a Democrat, received his largest contribution of $2,500 from Ann Campbell, a leader of the Great Schools in Wake Coalition who was also the biggest donor to Democratic school board candidates in 2011.

Kevin Hill touting "bi-partisan" campaign endorsements

Wake County school board member Kevin Hill is touting how both of his 2007 school board opponents are now endorsing him in this year's runoff election.

In a press release today, Hill's campaign announces that it has been endorsed by Martha LaVance and Alfreda Wilson. The release particularly focuses on the endorsement from Wilson, calling her the "2007 Republican candidate" and saying it shows how Hill has "continued to pick up bi-partisan support."

"Kevin is the BEST person suited to represent District 3 on the Wake County Board of Education," Wilson says in Hill's press release. "I have been very pleased with his representation thus far and I believe that he will continue to conduct himself accordingly. "

Former school board members call for avoiding high poverty, racially isolated schools

The 22 former Wake County school board members who gathered together today were officially diplomatic about the changes being made by the new board majority, but it was clear they were personally unhappy with what's happening.

The former members talked about wanting "to ensure an equal opportunity for a sound basic education for every child in Wake County Public Schools." It was clear from their two-page statement that they feel "equal opportunity" is based on keeping the school district's longstanding busing for diversity efforts.

"For over 30 years, the Wake County Public School System has been a model for school districts around the nation," according to the statement read at today's press conference. "Because research consistently shows that challenges to success for all students in high poverty and racially isolated schools are greater, we have worked hard to prevent the creation of such schools."

UPDATE

Click here for an article in the Independent that lists the statement read by the former school board members..

Magnet school fears and the school board elections

Supporters of the diversity policy are trying to mobilize magnet school parents for Election Day.

Former school board member Roxie Cash and former Wake County PTA Council President Diana Bader sent out an e-mail message today warning that a victory by supporters of neighborhood schools would lead to the end of the magnet program.

Jennifer Mansfield, one of the leaders of the Wake Schools Community Alliance, calls the assertions "fear mongering on election eve." She denies that a win by WSCA candidates would lead to the end of magnet schools.

Former Wake school board members endorse candidates

Fifteen former Wake County school board members have signed a joint letter that supports the diversity policy and urges voters to pick school board candidates Lois Nixon, Rita Rakestraw, Karen Simon and Horace Tart.

In the letter, it argues that Wake has no "bad" schools and that the "opposite of diverse schools is unequal schools." It says that '"community schools' means that 'you' can't come into 'my' community.'"

The signers include recent former members such as Rosa Gill and Beverley Clark. But you also've got names such as Tom Oxholm, Carol Parker, Susan Parry, Wray Stephens and Judy Hoffman.

Advising on student assignment

With the draft reassignment plan less than a week away, there's interest in who's helping to put it all together.

That includes the members of the student assignment advisory committee. The members are Diana Bader, Alison Donnelly, Anne Sherron, David Williams, George Wait, Julie Stevens, Larry Dickens, Liz Parry and Roxie Cash.

Those names should be familiar to those who've been around here for a few years. Here's info on some of the members.

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