You can probably say that not all Wake County school board members will choose to use the conservative Civitas Institute for their annual training requirements.
As noted in today's article, the school board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on designating Civitas as an approved provider of annual training for board members. State law requires school board members to get at least 12 hours of training a year.
School board chairman Ron Margiotta said he added it to the agenda because some board members want to take advantage of the new training program being started by Civitas. Margiotta said he wanted to avoid the situation in which the board members would take the classes but not be able to claim the credit.
Francis DeLuca, executive director of the Civitas Institute, said they decided to begin offering training for school board members once the General Assembly opened it up to other groups last year. Previously, school board members went to the UNC School of Government or the N.C. School Boards Association.
DeLuca said the group feels it can provide neutral training to school board members. He said other groups, particularly the School Boards Association, "indoctrinate" board members.
DeLuca noted how Civitas already provided training to other elected officials, including new members to the General Assembly.
DeLuca said they can offer the training cheaper to school board members than other groups.
The school district doesn't pay Civitas by naming it an approved provider. Instead, board members are responsible for pay for their individual training, which DeLuca says cost about $50.
But school board member Kevin Hill, who is not among the board majority, said he'll stick with the N.C. School Boards Association to get his training.
The prospect of school board members being trained by Civitas is being mocked by some groups, such as the liberal N.C. Policy Watch. Others are questioning it considering that Civitas is funded by conservative businessman Art Pope, who critics of the new school board treat as a boogeyman.