Will Wake County's school bus problems spill over into this fall's race for North Carolina superintendent of public schools?
In a blog post Thursday, Terry Stoops of the conservative John Locke Foundation notes that State Schools Superintendent June Atkinson congratulated Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) for getting “100,000+” children “to school on time." Stoops says Atkinson did not congratulate any other school district for their successful transportation efforts at Thursday's State Board of Education meeting.
Atkinson, a Democrat, is running against Wake County school board member John Tedesco, a Republican. "Was Atkinson’s unusual remark an implicit criticism of Tedesco?" Stoops writes.
Wake hasn't done some of the things that Charlotte has done in recent years to cut costs. Charlotte reduced the number of bus stops by increasing the distance between them and requires magnet school students who live more than five miles from the school to take an express bus.