Here's a case of looking at the same data and coming up with radically different interpretations.
The conservative Wake Community Network issued a press release last Tuesday blaming the state NAACP and the Great Schools in Wake Coalition for greatly increasing the Wake County school system's security costs. GSIW fired back on Thursday with a press release blaming the additional costs on the school board majority.
Between December and April, the school system spent $14,719.39 for private security and off-duty police officers to provide security at board meetings. That doesn't include all the security who were at last week's board meeting.
In contrast, the school system spent $451.58 on security between July 2009 and November 2009.
"Beyond their manufactured turmoil and attempts to sully Wake County’s image are very tangible costs brought on by the NAACP and Great Schools’ antics," Joey Stansbury, founder of the Wake Community Network, says in the press release. "Data provided by the Wake County Public School System shows dramatic security cost increases directly attributable to their ongoing chaos creation activities."
Stansbury is also the campaign treasurer for school board chairman Ron Margiotta, who may or may not run for reelection next year.
“If the Board majority created an environment that offered transparency and fostered open, constructive debate, there would be no need for the expensive, excessive show of force that we've witnessed at recent meetings," said GSIW chairwoman Yevonne Brannon in the group's press release.
Also in the press release, Brannon faults the school board majority for voting on first reading to scrap the standing committees and to limit public comment to one meeting per month.