How will the Wake County school system be affected by the changes, those approved and those still to come, from the Republican-led state government?
One of the items on today's school board student achievement committee agenda
is an overview and discussion of SB 795 " The Excellent Public Schools Act." Elements of the act that were incorporated into the budget last year were praised by Republicans and criticized by Democrats.
Among the elements that went into effect, over the veto of former Gov. Bev Perdue, are creating an A-to-F grading scale using test scores to evaluate all schools and requiring third-graders to pass the state-end-of-grade reading test to be promoted.
The budget also let school districts implement performance pay/merit pay programs for teachers. Considering how former Superintendent Tony Tata's support for merit pay was mentioned by majority members to help explain his firing, any significant expansion is not likely to come from the local level.
Some elements of the Excellent Public Schools Act weren't implemented, such as eliminating teacher tenure. That could be approved this year.
Elimination of teacher tenure could be just one of the ideas that the General Assembly passes and is approved by Gov. Pat McCrory this year. McCrory is no fan of the Wake school board majority, saying through a spokesman last Thursday that he felt Tata's firing was political.
Also on the agenda today, the student achievement committee will discuss implementation of the common core curriculum. School board member Jim Martin, who publicly criticized the Excellent Public Schools Act last year, has also criticized how the common core has been implemented.