John Hood is disputing that the Wake County school board redistricting bill is an attack by the Republican majority in the General Assembly against local representation.
In this column today in the Carolina Journal, Hood, president of the conservative John Locke Foundation, notes the bills that would transfer control of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and Asheville's water systems to regional authorities.
Instead of being an attack on localities, Hood writes that both bills are the legislature's attempt to "intervene in disputes among several different, duly elected localities." He then ties that back into Senate Bill 325, which is supported by the the county commissioners but is opposed by the school board.
"Something similar is going on in Wake County, where the Republican majority on the county commission likes the idea of bringing the district design and electoral calendar for the school board closer to those of the commission while the Democratic majority on the school board opposes the idea," Hood writes.
Hoods adds he's not personally sure about the merits of some of the bills.
Critics of the school board bill have repeatedly charged that it, along with other legislation backed by state Republican lawmakers, are attacks on local governments.