In a press release today, BiggerPicture announced it was endorsing Rita Rakestraw in District 1, Horace Tart in District 2, Karen Simon in District 7 and Lois Nixon in District 9. The group said "it is critical that we build upon the past 30 years of progress in Wake County; not undo it by instituting an anti-diversity policy.
BiggerPicture formed last fall to support conversion of Leesvile Road Middle to a year-round calendar. On the flip side, Concerned and Committed Leesville Parents has backed conversion opponent Deborah Prickett in District 7.
Here's BiggerPicture's press release:
BiggerPicture4Wake Endorses Candidates for Wake County Board of Education
RALEIGH, N.C. – Sept. 1, 2009 – BiggerPicture4Wake has endorsed Rita Rakestraw in District 1; Horace Tart in District 2; Karen Simon in District 7, and Lois Nixon in District 9 to fill the four openings on the Wake County Schools’ Board of Education.
The selections were made following a thorough review of the candidates’ credentials and in-person meetings to determine their vision for the future of Wake County Schools. “Like BiggerPicture4Wake, these individuals are committed to finding the best solutions for all Wake county students and their families,” said Rhonda Curtright, spokesperson.
“It is critical that we build upon the past 30 years of progress in Wake County; not undo it by instituting an anti-diversity policy. Rakestraw, Tart, Simon and Nixon understand this and are poised to tackle the hard work and many challenges the Board will face as it continues to fine-tune current policies to effectively and efficiently serve all children, county-wide,” Curtright said.
BiggerPicture4Wake encourages the public to educate themselves about the BOE candidates and their positions on issues that will impact the district’s future direction, and the financial ramifications that may result, according to Maria Mauriello, spokesperson.
“Taxpayers need to understand the importance of this election and how the results may affect their checkbook balance, as well as their quality of life in Wake County. BiggerPicture is urging everyone to be informed and exercise your right to vote on Oct. 6,” Mauriello said.
BiggerPicture is a community-based organization that supports common sense solutions that maximize efficiency and educational opportunities for all students in Wake County. Further information may be obtained at www.biggerpicture4wake.com.