Critics of the new Wake County school board majority are in an uproar over Tuesday's meeting
In a Wednesday column, Chris Fitzsimon, executive director of the liberal N.C. Policy Watch, says Tuesday's meeting shows the new majority is "committed to resegregating the schools as fast as possible."
In another Wednesday column, Bob Geary of the liberal Independent weekly says the new majority acted like "bullies." What's also interesting is he includes a conversation he had with new board vice chairwoman Debra Goldman, former board member Carol Parker and former board candidate Curt Stangler.
Geary says that Goldman told the group that her intention had been to get the eight agenda items on "the table" and not to ram them through.
Geary said Goldman also told them she was chagrined about the walkout by teachers during the meeting.
Goldman gets ripped less than the other new board members because supporters of the old board have hopes of flipping her to their side.
Both Geary and Fitzsimon took shots at new board chairman Ron Margiotta, who has become the boogeyman for many on the left.
Geary says Margiotta set the tone Tuesday for pushing the items through and the other members "followed him off the cliff."
Fitzsimon took harsher swipes at Margiotta, saying his election as chairman is "the most compelling evidence of the new majority's ties to (the John Locke Foundation) and other right-wing groups that want to dismantle public education."
"(Margiotta) is clearly an ideologue, not a friend of public education, and he now chairs the board of the largest school system in North Carolina," Fitzsimon writes.