Terry Stoops is offering "unsolicited advice" to the new Democratic majority on the Wake County school board that's contemplating substantive changes to the student assignment plan.
In a blog post today, Stoops, director of education studies for the conservative John Locke Foundation, writes that he didn't expect the Democrats to propose major changes Tuesday. He says he gave them too much credit for thinking they wouldn't do so.
Stoops writes "it's foolish" politically and "would simply invite the kind of criticism that may have contributed to the demise of the Republican majority."
"Some unsolicited advice for Democrats:
1. The argument that the Republicans approved it 'quickly' is a moot point for a public that has a pretty short memory about such details.
2. If you want the public to hate you, make (school board member) Jim Martin your spokesperson. He comes across as smug and condescending.
3. Make more of an effort to work with (Superintendent Tony) Tata or replace him."