The Wake County Republican Party is calling votes for Democratic-backed school board candidates support for "the failed policies and programs of the past."
Today in the latest issue of The Elephant Express, Wake GOP Chairwoman Susan Bryant pushes heavily on the diversity issue as being a difference between the Wake County school board candidates backed by both political parties.
"The only certainty a parent has that their child won’t attend 3 schools in 5 years will come by not going back to the policies of the old board!" Bryant writes. "Let’s just call it like it was. These people (Democrats), who claim to be concerned for the students, were trying to bus children all across the county to balance out the family incomes of the children attending any one school."
Bryant writes that Democrats "could not fix the mandatory long bus rides for children, "could not stop the increasing trend in student suspensions and "were powerless to control decreasing graduation rates."
"Our Republican members have focused on students, keeping them in school, improving their performances, and graduating more seniors," Bryant writes. "And, they did this while balancing a severe budget shortfall without eliminating any teacher’s jobs. Graduations rates are up, suspensions are down, appeals over student assignments are significantly down and, the Democrats are having none of that!"
"Clearly, and with one voice, we hear the Democrats saying no to the positive results of the current school board," Bryant later writes. "Therefore, please recognize the Democrats are saying yes to the failed policies and programs of the past, yes to lower graduation rates, yes to higher suspension rates, and yes to more busing. We don’t need that kind of leadership. It didn’t work then and it won’t work now."