Is the Wake County school board majority cutting away the district's ties with the education establishment with actions such as leaving the state and national school boards association and changing the qualifications for superintendent?
As noted in today's article by Thomas Goldsmith, majority members say they're following on their mandate from the voters to change the school system. That means breaking with some past long-standing practices of the old board.
"It is time for a new vision that will develop the capability of all our students," school board chairman Ron Margiotta told the board last week after being reelected to lead the board.
School board member Kevin Hill questioned the decisions to leave the school boards associations and to change the qualifications for superintendent.
"All it will do is isolate us, unless it's an attempt to remove any vestiges of diversity."
Margiotta said the decision to withdraw from the state and national school board associations was strictly made for financial reasons. Wake paid $40,415 a year in membership dues.
"Next year, our budget situation will be more severe than we've ever had," Margiotta said. "We need to start saving money."