Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veteran's Day 2010


(words are never sufficient for the debt that we owe these men and women.)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Wake schools' Goldman holds forum and Meeker razzes majority

Via WRAL we read:

"With uniformed officers at every exit, Wake County school board member Debra Goldman held a forum on the divisive issue of student assignment at Cary Town Hall on Tuesday night.
The meeting was orderly and quick, absent the heated emotions that have become staples at recent full board meetings on the topic.
Some attendees thanked Goldman for breaking with the board majority last week and voting to pull the plug on a plan to put a community-based assignment policy into effect by creating a series of school assignment zones. The plan would have dropped socio-economic diversity as a criterion for student assignment.
“I just want to thank you very much for standing up in a very difficult situation and doing what you did,” attendee Mary Ann Meagher said.
Others at the meeting voted for Goldman last election and expressed feeling of betrayal by her recent departure from the board’s majority.
“Your double talk and empty promises serve no one but yourself,” parent Allison Backhouse said. “I think I speak for many when I ask, ‘What’s next?’”
Goldman said she still supports a neighborhood school model for Wake County, but said she changed her mind because too many people were being left out of the decision making process.
Goldman stressed to those in the crowd that whether they agree or disagree with her decisions, she valued their thoughts.
“It’s really important to hear the opinions and get the feedback from as many people as possible,” she said."

 Notice how she held it on her own turf with overwhelming police presence and also note that there were people who were not happy at all with her. Also note how she is still not using logic but emotion, especially with that "It’s really important to hear the opinions and get the feedback from as many people as possible,” garbage, which translates into "let me gum up the works as much as possible to make me feel better. Well, Ms. Goldman, those widdle feelings of yours are gonna get even more hurt come election time. And your stunt of a meeting in Cary is also going to return sometime soon when you are going to have to answer to Raleigh parents, who are even more fed up than you realize. 
In a related note, we have Raleigh mayor Charles Meeker, whose wife just happens to sit on the same board as Goldman and Tedesco, razzing the Republican majority:
"'m also pleased to be here with my wife, Anne McLaurin, who survived last night's school board meeting," Meeker said. "And I want you to know she was not called a 'prom queen,' whatever that means in New Jersey."
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That's right, a sitting mayor who is also a Democrat decides to weigh in on something that is none of his business but at he kept it classy (sarcasm intended) and mature. Notice again how these people resort to name calling and useless razzing when they have nothing else to throw at you? For his part, Tedesco has apologized for the remark, the mark of a true gentleman. As it goes, Goldman's gumming of the works can only hurt the true victims of all this, namely the children.  But as I have stated before, this is not really about the kids at all, it is about hurt liberal feelings. And electorally, Goldman might just get her butt handed to her.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Wake school assignment changes stalled

Via WRAL we read:

"he Wake County Board of Education voted to Tuesday night to immediately halt the progress toward student assignment based on zones.
Vice Chair Debra Goldman had been outspoken about her opposition to the use of zones as a basis for the school system's transition from a system that assigns students to balance a school's socio-economic makeup – a policy opponents said resulted in long bus rides – to one that focuses on keeping students closer to home in geographic zones.
Goldman claims the Student Assignment Committee, headed up by board member John Tedesco, has been unwilling to listen to input from her and others as they hash out a way to convert the county-wide school district.
When Tedesco tried to brief the board on his progress Tuesday, Goldman repeatedly challenged him, saying, "The only votes considered are the three of you. These decisions should be brought to the entire board."
You remember my entry, about poor little Debra Goldman whining? Well, she has now gone and thrown a monkey wrench into the progress made by voting against the direction the board was taking:
"At last week's meeting, committee members Tedesco and Chris Malone voted on some tweaks to the proposed assignment maps.
Carolyn Morrison, the other Board of Education member and third voting member on the committee voted against the change, saying she thought the committee was moving too fast.
"Each time you have a meeting, the temper in this county rises," Goldman said.
"You are building and building and building something on a foundation that has not been approved by the board, and that is what I have a problem with."
So, the will of the people is being denied once again by liberal bureaucrats who aren't even members of the committee doing the hard work to undo the damage that the diversity hags want to keep in place! And to make matters worse, the turncoat is a Republican!
"Board member Deborah Goldman announced Tuesday night she wants to get rid of the establishment of community schools based zones.
Goldman said she wants to keep the nodes or zones of school assignments the same, instead of adjusting them for the new community schools based plan.
She is now supporting the once-minority view on the subject.
Goldman said Monday she can't continue to support the neighborhood schools plan, because she feels like she's not getting a chance to shape it.
School Board Member John Tedesco has been pushing his vision for community based schools -- that everyone should have a base neighborhood assignment in their general zone.
Tedesco has said he wants parents to have a calendar choice for elementary schools within their zones and middle schools within their regions.
Goldman says her preference for "base schools" in the school assignment formula is not included in the board majority's plan. Prior to Goldman's decision, the plan for neighborhood schools had a majority of support, which included five Republicans.
The neighborhood school model allows students to go to schools that are closest to where they live instead of being bused to schools further away."

As stated in my entry yesterday, Goldman is opposing the plan because she is miffed that she is not part of the committee that is doing the work. To put it simpler, because I am not part of the committee then I am going to oppose the work, like a petulant little girl who is not having her way, much like a liberal.

And what is her reasoning aside being a whiner?

Again, from WRAL:

"Goldman got her say in a big way Tuesday when she proposed a resolution to immediately abandon the effort to establish zones, the favored method of Tedesco's committee.
She reiterated her commitment to community-based schools saying, "I am doing what's in my heart and in my conscience."
"This process is not working. The zone model is not working."
Goldman proposed that "any efforts to create a zone model will cease" and that schools stay with the current, board-approved, three-year student assignment plan in the interim.
Four other board members – Kevin Hill, Anne McLaurin, Carolyn Morrison and Keith Sutton – sided with Goldman.
Chairman Margiotta, Malone, Tedesco and Deborah Prickett voted against the motion."
Get that? No real logic here, just the repetition from someone not even part of the process! Once again, a RINO stops progress and shows it's true colors. Hopefully, this brief halt is nothing more than Goldman being a spoiled brat.


Want even more of Goldman's reasons? More than the crap above? and want to hear a closet leftist talk about moral values and funny how they trot their "values" out when they are screwing us over?

"Goldman says she wants to keep the nodes or zones of school assignments the same. She says her preference for "base schools" in the school assignment formula is not included in the board majority's plan. Prior to her decision, the plan for neighborhood schools had a majority of support, which included five Republicans.

Goldman is now on the side of the minority of the board. She introduced a new board directive, which passed 5 to 4, that puts the brakes on the move toward establishing a zone-based assignment model.
"I am doing what's in my heart and in my conscious," Goldman said. "We're still moving forward with a different approach."

across town? Oh right, we don't care about details when our liberal beliefs are what's important.

The election cannot come soon enough.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Goldman breaks ranks with Wake school board majority

Via WRAL, we read:

"Debra Goldman, a member of the five-person block behind changes to policies in the Wake County Public School System, said Monday that she may vote against a student assignment plan if it does not provide each student with a base school.
A Student Assignment Committee has been meeting for months to hash out a way to convert the county-wide school district from a system that assigns students to balance a school's socio-economic makeup – a policy opponents said resulted in long bus rides – to one that focuses on keeping students closer to home in geographic zones.
Goldman, who voted with the majority to initiate the policy change, is not a member of that committee and feels shut out of planning, she told WRAL News."
Desperate to find any chink in the board, any at all, the usually sedate WRAL finds the one member of the board that is  a dissenting voice in order to push the idea that the new policy is not the will of the people or in the best interests of the kids.
But wait just a minute! This woman is not part of the committee? So why are we even paying her any mind? Why she is whining that she feels "left out" (boo-hoo) and is just all broken up about it. Quick, give her an interview before she slips back into irrelevancy.  Not only is she not part of the planning committee (but I repeat that deliberately) but she is not even part of the main board. Understand this clearly: She is "left out" of the planning because she is not part of the said planning committee! 
So this whiny little woman is getting her 15 minutes of fame but that is all. Nothing more than a further irritation to the Board as it struggles to do it's job while confronting still further leftist shenanigans. And who is this person?

 There she is, Debra Goldman. Looking somewhat lost and clueless, like many on the left. She feels left out of something that she is not part of to begin with. Can we please get back to frakking work now that Ms. Goldman has had her little pity party?

Here is her money quote, which I will give pride of place:
  "We really need to listen more to people," she said. "We need to hear what they're saying. We need a to formulate a plan and really cohesively figure out where to go from here."

Oh god no, we aren't listening enough to the people, we aren't forming a circle and singing kum bye yaa and beating on drums! Quick, somebody get her a blanket and a warm glass of milk! Poor thing.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

NAACP takes Wake to feds

Via the News and Observer we read:
"The complaint, filed late Friday, is part of an effort to block the new school board majority from moving forward with assigning students under a neighborhood zone system that would replace a diversity-based plan. Joining the NAACP as parties in the complaint were the youth group N.C. HEAT (Heroes Emerging Among Teens) and Quinton White, a high school senior who was reassigned by the school board this year.

The complaint cites student reassignment changes made this year by the new board, the new assignment plan under development, and disproportionately harsh discipline of minority students.

It claims the Wake school system has violated Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits groups that receive federal dollars from engaging in discrimination. The Wake school system received nearly $78 million in federal funds last fiscal year.

The federal government rarely declares that groups are violating Title VI, said Wendy Parker, a Wake Forest University School of Law professor and expert on civil rights law. But judging by the national attention the Wake fight has received, Parker said it's likely that officials will investigate and put more of a spotlight on the situation."


My Take:

As I have previously stated, this is yet more Leftist bullying and scare tactics designed to get the board to back down and stop their role in fixing the mess that our schools have become since liberals and their quislings have been running things. If they cannot get you to stop and obey them one way (like holding protests at your meetings) then they try another way (bringing in an out of area group that just happens to have the power to yank accreditation) or they go crying to the Feds, in this case the NAACP along with two quisling members of the board.
It is all the more interesting to note once again that leftists only care about the people's will when it suits them. Also, the complaint about "disproportionately harsh discipline of minority students" is more stupidity because some of the worst disciplinary problems stem from Black youth and their entitlement-driven parents. One last thing: Do you think they would be doing all this try and stop what the people have ordained, voted for and demanded if it wasn't a fair solution? Making students earn their grades and diplomas is what school is supposed to be about, not making them into good green citizens so geographically challenged that finding their own state on the map is impossible. And basing students closer to their homes will help parents whenever there are after school events or, in some case, detention so that they don't have to go halfway across town to fetch the student, burning gas and making more pollution. You'd think that the liberals would like that.
That is all and my following of this Wake County School Board mess continues.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Organization threatens to strip Wake schools' accreditation

Via WRAL we read:

"Kenneth Bergman, general counsel for AdvancED, responded in a Sept. 17 letter that the organization had not reached any conclusions about the shift in student assignment criteria.

"We do have sufficient concerns that the actions of the board may negatively impact the educational opportunities for students of the schools that we accredit in Wake County," Bergman wrote.

The board's actions have created "substantive change" in area schools, he wrote, so AdvancED needs to review them.

"Unfortunately, the openly defiant nature of your correspondence makes engaging in the collegial process of accreditation services difficult," he wrote. "The board's refusal to comply with our requests is in direct violation of the AdvancED Policies and Procedures for Accredited Schools and constitutes grounds for dropping the accreditation of the Wake County schools."

If any of Wake County's 24 high schools were to lose their accreditation, it could reflect poorly on graduates who apply for higher education.

AdvancED gave the school board an Oct. 1 deadline to set up a meeting and turn over requested information.

"It is our hope that the board and district will take advantage of this extension and fully engage our organization in meeting the difficult challenges facing your schools," Bergman wrote."

Folks, this is nothing less than an ultimatum against Wake County and the will of the people. I noted yesterday that this is nothing more than bullying, but now it has morphed into nothing less than outright blackmail and intimidation. What the Left was not able to achieve with protests, disruptions, and other nonsense they are trying to achieve with this outright thuggery. The "defiant stance" of the board is correct in that here is an out of state group trying to re-impose the failed system that was in place. I say bring it on because Wake county will continue to fight for the children and the parents. And this particular fight is not the only one going on because we have school districts all over the country fighting against Leftists who see nothing wrong with indoctrinating our children with Islam or suspending a child for having candy. This is far from over.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wake schools lawyer questions accreditation review


"RALEIGH, N.C. — The Wake County Board of Education questioned the motives behind of a district-wide review by AdvancED, a national organization that accredits high schools.

AdvancED asked the school board to identify a time when the organization could send a special review team to review recent changes in the school system.

In a response to that request sent Sept. 8, Ann Majestic, legal counsel for Wake schools, asked for clarification of questions AdvancED has and what a review would entail. The school board “has serious concerns about the basis, purpose and scope” of the visit, she wrote.

Specifically, she asked Mark Elgart, AdvancED CEO, how the board’s move to adopt a student assignment policy based on community schools is connected to accreditation."

More here:

Like I thought and wrote about earlier, this is just more leftist intimidation of our school board. Remember, this fight is not just taking place here but everywhere else that there are so-called liberal elites who think of us as unintelligent cattle who need to be manipulated and led around. They don't want real freedom and equality all they want is for us to shut and comply. Well, we in Wake County are fed up with it and are doing something about it. All we have to do is look over to our neighbours in Durham and how they are suffering under liberal policies and know that we don't want to be like them, a sanctuary city where damn near every day there is a violent crime of some sort. This is about bullying us into backing down and we won't.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Raleigh Chamber requests new school assignment plan

Via the News and Observer we read:

RALEIGH -- Massachusetts educational consultant Michael Alves, who studied Wake County's assignment system earlier this year, will develop an assignment plan based on student achievement, proximity, choice and stability at the request of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the Wake Education Partnership, officials announced today.

The move can be seen as the nonprofits' response to the Wake County school board's developing 16-zone plan, which does not take diversity into consideration. The use of student achievement could mean that zones will be more diverse racially and economically because members of minority groups tend to score lower on standardized tests.

Alves is known for developing "controlled choice" plans, which typically have fewer zones than the number being developed by the school board"

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This is nothing less than intimidation from a different vector, this time by an outside "expert" claiming to know more about Wake County than the residents themselves! This one more example of the liberal's "I know better than you" attitude. We don't need someone from outside who doesn't know crap about our schools coming in and getting involved in something that is a local thing. More intimidation, more leftist dirty tricks masquerading as an impartial source. Pack your things and go the heck back up north, let us handle the mess created by people like you in the first place.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Wake student-assignment panel has a map, up to a point

Via WRAL we read:

RALEIGH, N.C. — Wake County settled Tuesday on a "shell" map of student-assignment zones based on high schools and larger "regions," though the decision by the school board's Student Assignment Committee came with strong cautions that lines on the map will be "fluid" and that more data on student performance and financial impacts have to come first.

The committee's three voting school board members agreed on the high-school map, one of several that had been suggested as a starting point for a community-based assignment system that will not consider the decade-old policy of seeking socioeconomic diversity in all schools.

The committee also learned that in a few years, computer projections show that eastern Wake County will experience the greatest percentage of growth, and the demand for school seats there will outstrip capacity.

More here:

My take:
Despite the protests, the disruptions, the outright lies by the leftist scum that made this problem in the first place, the school board is diligently doing what the people of Raleigh and Wake county wanted and voted them in to do. The fact that the leftist continue to try to disrupt the process and even now are caterwauling like alley cats. I personally am very proud of the board as they undo all the damage that leftist policies that have caused so much damage to our city and county. Every time that liberals scream this much you know that what you are doing is the right course. I only hope that the board stays the course to the end.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

More Leftist intimidation of the Wake County School Board

Via WRAL we read:

RALEIGH, N.C. — AdvancED, a national and international education accreditation organization, plans to send a team to Wake County this fall to review planned changes to the public school system's student assignment policy.

The group sent a letter to Wake County Public School System Interim Superintendent Donna Hargens on July 28 outlining concerns and questions raised in a complaint filed in March.

School system spokesman Michael Evans said the original complaint was filed by Rev. William Barber, president of the state chapter of the NAACP.

Barber has been the leader of a vocal opposition to the school board's decision earlier this year to do away with a policy that assigns students to schools based on socio-economics.

He and others fear that ending the longstanding policy in favor for one that places students in schools closer to their homes will lead to re-segregation, high teacher turnover and poor students receiving a lower quality of education than their economically advantaged counterparts.

Five of the school board's nine members disagree and believe the move will help improve test scores and give parents more chances to be involved in their students' education.

In the letter to Hargens, AdvancEd CEO Mark Elgart asked to review all policies adopted by the Wake County Board of Education since Dec. 1, 2009, the date on which the new board majority was seated.

AdvancED also asked to review the transition plan for the shift to community-based student assignment.

Individual high schools in Wake County are accredited by AdvancED and a second organization, Baldrige, Evans said.

The review team from AdvancED is expected to visit Wake County sometime between Sept. 1 and Oct. 15.

Web Editor: Jodi Leese Glusco

In other words, since we can't stop you from undoing all the crap we did over the years, then we are going to try and bully you into stepping back. Look, we the people have spoken and we want real solutions not more spreading of the disease. We wanted and voted in a school board that will do just that. The new head of the board stated that they will continue to proceed on the new policy regardless of the ongoing disruptions and protests. I agree and support the new policy.

Related Articles:
WRAL page covering the 20 July protests where 19 were arrested:

Monday, February 22, 2010

Refueling Over Iraq

Mainly coz I'm too doped up on NyQuil to write anything coherent. Or however you spell that word. Meh.