Is the Wake County school system taking the right tone by challenging AdvancED for wanting to conduct the special accreditation review?
As noted in today's article, the written response from school board attorney Ann Majestic to AdvancED voices the hard line that the board majority is taking over the review. In bellicose language, Wake is questioning the legitimacy of the sweeping review.
"We questioned their authority to delve into areas that are not in their realm," said school board chairman Ron Margiotta.
At issue is that Wake only accredits individual high schools with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a daughter organization of AdvancED. Wake hasn't taken the step of accrediting the whole district.
Throughout Majestic's letter, she asks how things such as reviewing student assignment and the contract with attorney Thomas Farr pertain to the accreditation of individual high schools.
But considering how much impact loss of accreditation could have, school board member Kevin Hill says Wake needs to cooperate with AdvancED.
"I think it was very firm," Hill said of Majestic's letter. "I don't know that it's the kind of letter you'd send if you were trying to build some bridges."
The board is set to discuss the review in closed session today.