In an open letter sent today, Dallas Woodhouse, director of the state chapter of the conservative group, says he hears in the media that it may be possible to request time for a public presentation. If so, he said they'd like 30 minutes to talk about saving money and neighborhood schools.
Woodhouse, in an interview, insists that it's not a tongue-and-cheek letter meant to mock the NAACP's request for 45 minutes for a public board presentation.
The NAACP is circulating a petition to get the school board to offer the public presentation following school board chairman Ron Margiotta's counteroffer of a private meeting.
Margiotta has said it's not been board policy to grant such requests from groups for public presentations.
Here's the open letter:
Mr. Ron Margiotta
Chairman, Wake County Board of Education
CC: Wake County Board of Education members
Superintendent Del Burns
Dear Chairman Margiotta,
Congratulations on your selection as Chairman and good luck with the task ahead of you to improve public education in Wake County. You and the board have made a great start with your actions to date.
It has come to my attention through media reporting that it may be possible to request time to make a public presentation to the Wake County Board of Education. If groups are being allowed to make presentations to the board I would respectfully request that Americans for Prosperity-North Carolina (AFP-NC) be given 30 minutes to make a presentation to the Board on the AFP-NC proposal to save costs in building and operating schools and directing savings toward the classroom.
We would also like to address the importance of building communities through the use of neighborhood schools and assignments.
Americans for Prosperity is among the largest free market groups in the United States with over one million members and nearly one hundred thousand in North Carolina. We have thousands of Wake County members who are dedicated to limited government and free market principles.
We have long supported a more responsible Wake County School Board that assigns children to neighborhood schools and reduces the burden on Wake County taxpayers.
Thank you for considering this request and thank you, and all of the board members, for serving on this important elected body.
North Carolina State Director
Americans for Prosperity-North Carolina