The Wake County school board could vote Wednesday to pull out of AdvancED just as a a team from the accreditation agency is about to begin its special review.
As noted in this online article, Ann Majestic, the school board's attorney, said that pulling out of AdvancED will be discussed during a Wednesday closed session meeting. Some school board members have been vocal in complaining they felt AdvancED was overstepping its authority with the wide-ranging special review prompted by a state NAACP complaint.
AdvancED President Mark Elgart sent Majestic an e-mail message Monday complaining about Wake's lack of cooperation with the review.
“I am disappointed and deeply concerned regarding the continued attitude and resistance of school system leaders,” Elgart wrote.
Elgart noted that the accreditation process is “voluntary and collegial by design,” and described Wake’s attitude as confrontational.
“I seriously doubt the school system can benefit from the accreditation process with this attitude and approach,” Elgart said. “As such, I ask the system to seriously consider withdrawing its accreditation unless it can move forward in a more collegial and collaborative manner."
School staff had still been in the process of setting up meetings with AdvancED when Majestic e-mailed the group this morning to postpone the trip until after the closed session.
Withdrawing from AdvancED would result in Wake's 24 high schools losing accreditation. How significant that would be depends on who you talk to.
A loss of school accreditation could make it harder for students to get scholarships, loans and college acceptances. But some school board members said the impact of losing accreditation wouldn't be that severe.
Wake could try to get accredited by another group but that takes time.
Wake had discussed AdvancED on Friday, during the closed session that also saw board members meet with new Superintendent Anthony Tata. The meeting was recessed until 5:30 p.m. today. But the weather conditions caused it to be moved to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Millbrook High School, just before the start of the reassignment hearing at 6 p.m.
For the umpteenth time today, the school board has revised the agenda for Wednesday's meeting. They've now scheduled a public discussion and vote on AdvancED for after the end of the reassignment hearing at Millbrook. The AdvancED talk would likely begin after the public comment ends at 8:30 p.m.
Click here to read the latest e-mails between Majestic and Elgart.