Supporters of the diversity policy may have found a champion to carry on for outgoing school board member Patti Head.
Karen Simon, who says she'll "focus on investing in the best possible education for Wake County students" will run for Head's District 7 seat. She's allied with District 1 school board candidate Rita Rakestraw, an outspoken advocate of the diversity policy.
Here's Simon's press release:
July 4, 2009
Raleigh, NC – Wake County resident Karen Simon will be a candidate for Wake County Board of Education, District 7. Simon, a Grants Manager for the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission, will file papers Monday with the Board of Elections making her candidacy certain. She lives in Raleigh with her two children who attend Wake County Public Schools.
Simon has a Masters of Public Administration from North Carolina Central University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration Management from Indiana Institute of Technology. She is a 2009 graduate of The Institute of Political Leadership. During her campaign, Simon will focus on investing in the best possible education for Wake County Students.
“My message is a simple message. I believe whatever issues Wake County Schools have, we should be able to work on them together as a community investing in the best education for every Wake County student, in every Wake County school.” Simon said. “This includes seeking new and creative strategies to maximize the reduced resources allocated to schools due to the recent budget cuts.”
Rakestraw said she and Simon plan to work together during this year's campaign. She said they plan to show up at the Wake County Board of Elections at the same time today to file for office.
The filing period opens at 8:30 a.m. It ends noon July 17.
Simon would run against Deborah Prickett, the character education consultant for the state Department of Public Instruction. Prickett has been backed by the Wake Schools Community Alliance, a critic of the diversity policy.
As noted in the latest issue of the Independent, school board supporters are trying to recruit a successor to Head, who supported the diversity policy.
District 7 covers Morrisville, part of Cary and northwest Raleigh.
Looks like there's been a change of plans. Rakestraw and Simon are now planning on filing separately today. I've also included the link for Simon's web site.