In today's press release, the WSCA says that of the five candidates "only John Tedesco's approach to moving our schools forward is in tune with WSCA objectives and the unique needs of District 2." The group says they have agreement on issues such as reassignment and year-round schools.
The WSCA has been the only group so far to officially endorse school board candidates. But with the filing period now over, expect more groups on both sides of the fence to announce their endorsements soon.
Here's the WSCA press release:
WSCA Endorses John Tedesco for Wake County School Board District 2
Wake Schools Community Alliance (WSCA) is pleased to endorse Mr. John Tedesco for Wake County School Board District 2. Mr. Tedesco has already filed for the October 6th election. Earlier, John also received the endorsement of Arnie Osborn, who has withdrawn from the School Board election and will be supporting John for the District 2 seat.
Several candidates have filed for election in District 2. But only John Tedesco's approach to moving our schools forward is in tune with WSCA objectives and the unique needs of District 2.
First and foremost, citizens in District 2 are telling us that they want a stronger voice on the Wake County School Board; they want someone who takes a citizens-first approach. And they want a School Board representative who is keenly aware of the issues in District 2 Schools today. Due to family circumstances, John has raised his younger siblings and has been their advocate at PTA and IEP meetings in the Wake County School System. John spends a lot of time in our schools and is the only District 2 candidate that has a current perspective on the challenges of advocating for individual students from outside the system.
John's dedication to helping children, especially those who are at-risk, is reflected in his career choice to serve as Chief Development Officer for Boys Club and Girls Club of America Triangle Chapter. As a leader in this organization, John has built programs and public/private partnerships to improve access to health care for at-risk children, and to establish mentoring programs focused on reducing youth gang activity and crime. He also has experience working with local government, having completed a successful stint as a City Manager with a strong track record of innovation and fiscal responsibility. Without a doubt, John has the drive and the skills to get things done.
Wake County voters face an important School Board election on October 6th. As described by Joe Ciulla, "This election is very much about change versus the status-quo. With John Tedesco, District 2 citizens have the opportunity to support a candidate who has the energy and expertise to drive the positive change we need in assignment policies, parental choice in school calendar options, and improvement in the quality of our schools and the results they deliver. We strongly believe that the citizens of District 2 deserve more than they are getting from Wake County Public Schools, and that they are ready to move forward with new ideas and the new leadership John can offer."
John's major platform points which are in synch with what Wake County citizens and WSCA expect from our School Board leaders:
The Wake County School System belongs to us. John firmly believes that the School Board works for us, not the other way around.
We have too many schools and students in Wake County who are not succeeding. We need to raise our expectations of our school system, and we need to replace failed policies with ones which promote progress; more of the same is just not good enough.
We must restore the sense of community and the parental support which has been eroding in our schools. This starts by having an assignment policy which permits students to attend schools close to their homes.
Our School Board members should not be afraid to admit when they are wrong. MYR has failed in Wake County, as it has failed all over the country. We have not realized enrollment gains, and these schools cost more to operate. We must keep YR options open to families who prefer them, but mandatory assignment to these schools should be discontinued.
Our school system is facing a budget crisis. We need School Board leaders who will make smart fiscal decisions and focus funding out of administration and back into the classroom.
WSCA proudly endorses John Tedesco for Wake County School Board District 2, and we encourage all Wake County voters to get to know John during the upcoming campaign.