In somewhat election-related news, AdvancED will be back in town at the end of the month to assess how well the Wake County school system is doing with the issues the accreditation organization announced in March.
In the March report, AdvancED criticized the school board's governance and put the high schools on accreditation warned status. AdvancED identified seven action steps in its report and gave Wake a year to address the issues.
Ann Majestic, the school board's attorney, said a review team from AdvancED will return on Nov. 29-30 to see what's happened in the past six months. Superintendent Tony Tata has said they're seeking to fully comply with AdvancED's requested changes.
The contentious accreditation battle was brought up during the campaign by the Democratic school board candidates and Common Sense Matters, the liberal group that's been flooding the county with mailers attacking the Republican candidates.
For instance, school board member Kevin Hill has repeatedly mentioned in his mailers that he supports "protecting accreditation."
If Heather Losurdo defeats Hill on Tuesday, we'll see if there's renewed talk about taking advantage of the new high school accreditation program that was created by the General Assembly this year. There hasn't been talk, officially at least, of asking the state Board of Education to conduct the accreditation in place of AdvancED.
On a semi-related noted, AdvancED was in the Triangle last week to announce it was going to recommend reaccrediting the Johnston County school system. See this Smithfield Herald article.
AdvancED team was also in the Triangle recently to say it was recommending accrediting the Durham school system.
Unlike Durham and Johnston, Wake has only accredited its high schools and not the whole district.