Will the tense relationship between the Wake County school board majority and the Wake Education Partnership become more relaxed now?
As noted in today's article, members of the board majority are saying that the hiring of Steve Parrott to be the WEP's new president is a good sign. The traditionally good relationship between the board and the WEP has been strained over the elimination of the diversity policy.
“Our relationship hasn’t recently been the best,” said school board chairman Ron Margiotta. “It’s been strained. Hopefully we have someone now who will look at all the facts and not blindly support the past practices that were in place.”
Margiotta said Parrott's business background is a plus because he'll look at all the data and not "sugar coat" problems with academic achievement under the old student assignment policy.
The WEP is also touting Parrott's business background and ability to build consensus.
"We believe we are the voice of the business community and we need a leader who can talk the business talk," said Gordon Brown, chairman of the WEP's board of directors.
Margiotta argued that some of the same people who've criticizing the school board for even considering hiring a businessman to be a superintendent have no issue with hiring Parrott
That same point was the emphasis of a Thursday press release from Joey Stansbury, director of the conservative Wake Community Network. He asks where's the outcry from the Great Schools in Wake Coalition and others who've complained about the school board potentially hiring a non-educator.
"Will those with shrill voices and arrest records now project those criticisms at the Wake Education Partnership?," Stansbury says in the press release. "Or are their current superintendent search criticisms more of the same hollow political rhetoric we’ve come to expect from them? We shall see."