Are we reaching the point now that parental anger over reassignment could lead to major changes in the school system?
As noted in today's article, there are a whole lot of groups around who want to change the school system. Many of them will meet Thursday at 6 p.m. at Holly Springs Town Hall to see if they can find common ground.
"The more you impact, the more you'll alienate," said Kathleen Brennan, co-founder of Wake CARES. "At some point you'll reach the saturation point. Whether that's been reached remains to be seen."
Among the groups that are expected to send representatives are Wake CARES, Concerned and Committed Leesville Parents, the Children's PAC, Take Our Schools Back and Keep Local Schools. The event is being organized by Wake Schools Community Alliance, a new group.
In addition, Holly Spring Mayor Dick Sears said at least a half-dozen Wake mayors are expected to attend, including Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht.
"I want to hear all ideas about change," Weinbrecht said.
Lisa Boneham, founder of CCLP, thinks they could have the right combination to have an impact in this fall's school board elections. What she wants is for the groups to get together to back one candidate in each of the four races rather than split votes.
Boneham cited the combination of the manpower that Wake Schools Community Alliance can muster and the political expertise of the Children's PAC parents.
If Lacy Elementary parents back the PAC, they could have a lot of pull. Some of the Lacy parents being sent to Stough Elementary include Scott Ralls, president of the N.C. Community College System; Anne Middleton, a N.C. assistant attorney general; and Ed Turlington, a Raleigh attorney who was general chairman of John Edwards' 2004 presidential campaign.
The leader of the PAC, as previously noted, is Dana Cope, executive director of the State Employees Association of N.C. Other lobbyists also live in those Lacy nodes.
Rosa Gill, chairwoman of the school board, has seen a multitude of groups over the years try to recruit candidates.
Gill said that even if these groups can get a candidate elected that it doesn't mean that person will vote that way on the board. Over the years, more than a few candidates who ran as critics largely changed their views when they served.
School board member Patti Head, who hasn't said if she'll run again this fall, said these groups can do as they wish.
"It's part of the democratic process that they can form groups and use their votes to determine what in their heart is the right thing to do," Head said.