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Wake County school board committee looking at grading, transparency and board advisory councils

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Wake County school board agendas, transparency, board advisory councils and the grading policy are all among the agenda topics at today's policy committee meeting.

The committee will discuss this change to policy 1322 that would regulate how board members can add items such as resolutions and information items to regular meeting agendas. They'll also discuss this change to policy to 1321 saying that adequate data needs to be presented before any board action is requested.

The changes are the outgrowth of concerns from AdvancED about how the prior board majority was making decisions without data or public notice. The old board had approved the changes in November but second reading was never done by the new board.

At last month's policy committee meeting, school board member Debra Goldman complained about the inability of minority members to get items added to agendas. Whether the changes discussed today address Goldman's concerns remains to be seen.

After much debate about when it would be discussed, the committee is also scheduled to discuss this transparency policy proposed by Goldman. She has proposed adding things online such as check register info, audit results and status of ethics investigations to make Wake more transparent.

This analysis of the proposed policy contends that some of the things Goldman wants is already publicly available. For other items, it says they shouldn't be listed because they'd take a lot of work or raise confidentiality issues.

As for the BACs, there seems to be some confusion about what the prior board adopted in June and November. Board attorney Ann Majestic will report back on whether the board actually approved changes in policy such as not requiring BAC members to be on PTA boards or that some school employees shouldn't be allowed to be on the BACs.

As for the proposed overhaul of the grading policy, committee chairman Jim Martin has wanted to discuss whether non-academic behaviors should be graded separately. He's also wanted to discuss what should be considered non-academic.

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T. Keung Hui covers Wake schools.
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