The Great Schools in Wake Coalition is mobilizing people to show up at Monday's Wake legislative delegation meeting to speak out against the bills that would change school ownership and school board elections.
"Both the Great Schools in Wake coalition and Friends of Dorothea Dix Park have issued alerts asking their members and supporters to show up en masse — and, for the Dix Park crowd, wearing green," writes Bob Geary in this blog post today the liberal Independent Weekly.
GSIW had already mobilized people last month in an unsuccessful bid to persuade the Wake County Board of Commissioners to withdraw their request for the legislation.
GSIW is backing the Wake County school board in opposing legislation that would take away its ownership of schools and change how and when board members are elected.
Due to the large crowd expected, the meeting has been moved to Room 643 of the Legislative Office Building, 300 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh.
The Wake County Democratic Party is also urging people to speak out at the Wake delegation meeting against the school bills and repealing the Dix lease.
"We need you to sign up to speak, show up to demonstrate your concern, speak up so that your legislators hear you, and then stand up for strong schools and smart development in Wake County," says Wake Democratic Party Chairman Dan Blue III in an email this afternoon.
in the email, Democrats call S325, the Wake school board election bill, an attempt to "needlessly rearranges the districts on a nonpartisan school board to create and maintain a Republican majority."
"The Republican-led majority lost in 2011 on the lines that they drew and now they want to redraw the lines... Again," says the Democratic email.
On S236, the bill to give counties ownership of schools, the Democrats say "this is a blatant attempt to take power from the school board to satisfy the Commissioners' need to punish and control."
"If Commissioner Coble or Bryan are negotiating land leases or designing classrooms and auditoriums, we should all be nervous," according to the Democratic email.
Click here for this link to Great Schools in Wake's action alert for the meeting, which includes their talking points for the meeting.