Wake County school board vice chairman John Tedesco is accusing Cash Michaels of spreading lies in his new article in The Carolinian newspaper.
In the article, Michaels speculates on what could happen if Heather Losurdo wins the runoff election and Tedesco becomes the new board chairman. Michaels rips into Tedesco for things such as his firing as borough administrator in New Jersey, calling himself a family man, speaking at Tea Party rallies and his public war of words with board member Debra Goldman.
In a letter written today after the story was published, Tedesco tells Michaels "try not to use so many lies with only a sprinkle of truth."
Much of the article focuses on Tedesco's tenure as borough administrator of Highlands, N.J. Citing local newspaper articles and unnamed sources, Michaels writes that Tedesco's tenure "was a failure."
Citing an unnamed source, Michaels charges that Tedesco was fired because of poor job performance.
Michaels writes in the article that Tedesco has "repeatedly refused" to be interviewed by him. Tedesco says that Michaels has been unfair to him since before he was sworn into office in 2009.
In his letter, Tedesco points back to this March 2010 N&O article where one of the town councilmen who voted to fire him said it was for political reasons.
Since Oct. 11, critics of the board majority have repeatedly used the possibility of Tedesco becoming chairman to encourage Kevin Hill's supporters to come out for the runoff.
Below is the letter Tedesco said he tried to post today to Michaels' blog. Tedesco says the website rejected his attempts to post it as a comment.
I understand it serves you well to keep demonizing me. Try not to use so many lies with only a sprinkle of truth. Not that I could ever correct all your lies, but let's try a few.
Outright lie #1. I NEVER attempted to take credit for a rise in 2008 graduation rates because it never happened. I have repeated numerously that our graduation rates declined 5 consecutive years in a row from 05-06. Only now in 2011 did they rise for which I credit our teachers, principals and students.
Lie #2. I was never FORCED to apologize to Mrs. Goldman for my inappropriate emotional moment. I chose to apologize to her publicly within 24 hours because that is what human beings do – they make mistakes and then seek forgiveness. I made a mistake and sought forgiveness out of humility.
3. The Highland's job had been covered by the N&O. In their article over a year and a half ago they interviewed Democrat and former Council President who noted it was politics and I was "better qualified." SEE quote and link below. I also later received a personal letter of recommendation from the Mayor and Council President which I will gladly share with you.
"" But John Urbanski, a former town councilman who voted for Tedesco's ouster, says the decision was based on town politics, not job performance. He noted that Tedesco got the three months' severance pay allowed city employees who are let go for political reasons.
"Going back and looking at it now, he was probably better qualified than some of the other guys we've had," Urbanski said in an interview, adding that the board went through four borough administrators during his eight-year tenure on the council. ""
Read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/03/21/399636/wakes-point-man-on-school-zoning.html#ixzz1bzRQwjyQ
Now you did sprinkle a piece of truth here and there. I did list the position on my Facebook page as "City Manager" since most people outside of a few states are not familiar with the term "Borough" as another term for town or city. Most folks know the chief executive of a municipal form of government as a city manager.
Also, you note I have no "natural" children. Cute dig Cash. As you know, when my momma died I was left to help raise my 3 youngest siblings (I am the oldest of 6) through Garner middle and high. Two of those being children with special needs so I was the one attending to them with the doctors and in the IEP meetings in school and so on. I know that may be un-"natural" you, but they are pretty natural for me since I have been changing their diapers since they were born. Why you went there when your friend Kevin Hill never had children is surprising to me.
Now, the question of chair is not even being discussed but you appear to enjoy fear mongering. The board will look at that matter when the time comes and make that choice based on all input. Why not talk about the issues in this election. You candidate Mr. Hill wants to change the assignment plan to busing for test scores and quota set-aside seats sending children randomly around the county. Mrs. Losurdo wishes to support parental choice along with proximity and stability in student assignment. That is the issue - let the people decide what they want.
As for leadership we can look at Kevin Hill's first two years when he
ascended to chairman and my first two years.
With Kevin's leadership the board reassigned 24,000 children, forced mandatory year round assignments that led to law-suits with parents, forced parents to leave work early every week with Wacky Wednesdays, fired 600 teachers, suspended 21,000 students, cut programs and watched academic performance decline.
In my time we protected teachers in the face of great budget cuts, added programs like 10 new themed academies for STEM and Global Initiatives, hired new quality leadership in Superintendent Tata, presided over academic gains, and launched the Economically Disadvantaged Task Force (EDTF) which I chair with a bi-partisan group of community leaders. In leading the EDTF, I appointed a bi-partisan sub-committee to develop an Equity & Equality policy, pushed for greater opportunity for all children to get onto advanced course tracks, increased math placements, pushed changes in discipline practices and reduced suspensions in an effort to stop the school to prison pipeline.
Stop spewing hate Cash - put your anger down. Let’s put children first. I will keep you in my prayers.