The bad blood following Tuesday night's vote to scrap work on the community zone plan was in clear evidence among what had been the majority on the Wake County school board.
As noted in today's article, harsh words were exchanged, especially from board member John Tedesco. In the immediate aftermath of the vote, Tedesco approached Goldman and offered a handshake as he said “I’ve enjoyed our friendship while it lasted.”
“This wasn’t a win for community schools,” Tedesco said after the vote. “This wasn’t a win for diversity. This was a win for Debra Goldman.”
Tedesco accused Goldman of being out for the publicity, hence his earlier remark when he called her a "prom queen."
Tedesco said there was nothing he felt they could have done differently to keep Goldman’s support. He said the former minority members had “played her like a fiddle” to get her support.
“She’s not a swing vote,” Tedesco said. “I’m ready to be done with her.”
School board member Keith Sutton said he had conversations with Goldman over the weekend about the new resolution. He said he had drafted it with the help of board member Kevin Hill.
Sutton said that he hasn’t given up hope of restoring some elements of the old socioeconomic diversity policy, despite Goldman saying they’re still moving ahead with community-based schools. But for now, Sutton said Tuesday’s action was a first step.
“We wanted to slow down and halt the work of the assignment committee,” Sutton said. “As we heard from the people who spoke, what was going on was a trainwreck waiting to happen.”
Before the vote, Goldman stressed that she felt she was doing what was right by scrapping the zones being developed by Tedesco.
"I am doing what’s in my heart and my conscience," Goldman said. "This process isn’t working. We only have one chance to do it right. The zone model isn’t working."