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Supporters of Del Burns mobilizing to lobby school board

If Wake County Schools Superintendent Del Burns is ousted early tonight, it won't be because his supporters stayed silent.

As noted in today's article, there's been an active lobbying effort over the past few days by people who want the school board to allow Burns to stay on through his June 30 resignation date. Del's Army, a Facebook group organized by the son of former school board candidate Carlene Lucas, has become a central point for Burns' backers.

"Other parents like myself need to stand up and speak out," Lucas said. "We hope they listen to us and not the elite few."

Wake County Taxpayers Association criticizes Del Burns' statements

The Wake County Taxpayers Association is also on the list of supporters of the new school board majority who want action taken now against Superintendent Del Burns for his statements to the media on Thursday.

Russell Capps, president of the WCTA, questioned Burns' ability to be of any value as superintendent for the next four months. He also accused Burns of disrespecting the voters by criticizing the board majority's agenda.

New board members to speak at WCTA meeting tonight

In what's becoming more of a regular occurrence, the four new Wake County school board members will be the guests of honor at tonight's Wake County Taxpayers Association meeting.

The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Barbecue Lodge, 4600 Capital Boulevard in Raleigh. In an e-mail message to members, WCTA President Russell Capps said the new board members "will be sharing their assessments and thoughts on what's happening with the new Board."

WCTA urging supporters of new board to show up today

Will supporters of the new Wake County school board majority finally turn out in large enough numbers to match the critics?

In a Sunday e-mail message, Wake County Taxpayers Association President Russell Capps urged people to show up at today's school board meeting to back the new board. He says people don't have to speak but should sign up in case there is a need to do so.

"WE NEED TO HAVE A CROWD OF OUR FOLKS THERE TO SHOW OUR SUPPORT AND BACKING," Capps writes in his e-mail message. "This is very important because the opposition crowd (mostly loud and boistreous students, parents, and teachers from Enloe High) were there in numbers at the last meeting and took nearly every seat and signed up to whine and complain and criticize our fine Board members.

Backlash against supporters of new board

It took some guts to speak in support of the new Wake County school board majority at Tuesday's meeting.

Of the 48 people who spoke, only 12 praised the new board. Most of the speakers and audience consisted of supporters of current policies who were vocal when they disagreed with speakers.

Russell Capps, president of the Wake County Taxpayers Association, drew jeers when he cited the recent Civitas Institute poll to argue that the the overwhelming majority of parents support the new board's efforts.

WCTA urges supporters to attend Tuesday's school board meeting

The Wake County Taxpayers Association is joining the efforts to rally supporters of the new Wake County school board majority to attend Tuesday's board meeting.

In a e-mail message sent Saturday, WCTA President Russell Capps tells the group's members "we need to attend the next School board meeting in large numbers for a show of support for our new School Board Members."

The WCTA references the rally being organized by the conservative N.C. Americans for Prosperity. It's fair to guess that both groups share some of the same members.

New board members to speak at Taxpayers Association meeting

Chalk this up as another example of how things are changing on the school board.

The Wake County Taxpayers Association is announcing that school board candidate John Tedesco and the three newly elected school board members will speak at the group's monthly meeting on Thursday.

They'll be joined by current school board member Ron Margiotta, called "our hero" by the WCTA, and Allison Backhouse of the Wake Schools Community Alliance.

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