This should end any speculation about who the Wake Schools Community Alliance will endorse for the District 8 seat on the Wake County school board.
In a Tuesday night press release, WSCA announced it was backing school board chairman Ron Margiotta in his re-election bid. This comes after there has been some speculation whether WSCA would, like in District 3, back someone not being endorsed by the Wake County Republican Party.
The press release touts how "some notable progress has been made toward the goals of WSCA and stakeholders across Wake County" since 2009, including:
* Ending the use of socioeconomic diversity as a factor in filling seats at magnet and year-round schools.
* Protecting teaching jobs when making budget cuts.
* Reversing some of the year-round school conversions and placing some other multi-track schools on a single-track calendar.
* Implementing the use of EVAAS.
* Hiring of Superintendent Tony Tata.
"Much effort has gone into driving these positive changes, and over the past two years we have seen special interest groups who have fought this progress every step of the way," according to the WSCA. "Indeed, these groups still use all means at their disposal to gain the influence in our school system that they could not achieve at the ballot box. We cannot afford for our system to go backwards to policies which bused students instead of educating them, which made jobs in central office a priority over jobs in the classroom, and which fractured families by forcing them to send their children to schools on different calendars.
To help keep Wake County schools moving forward, WSCA is pleased to endorse Ron Margiotta for School Board District 8, and we ask the support of our membership and community in helping Mr. Margiotta get re-elected."
(Sorry about the delay in posting. I was out sick on Wednesday.)