U.S. Chief District Court Judge James C. Dever III has scheduled a hearing Tuesday to discuss how to carry out an appellate ruling that declared the state legislature’s maps for Wake County Board of Commissioners and school board to be unconstitutional. Dever wants to know when the State Board of Elections can submit new districts and when state legislative leaders can provide “illustrative maps.”
The North Carolina Republican Party didn’t submit nominations to fill a vacancy on the Wake County Board of Elections before Wednesday’s State Board of Elections meeting. This leaves the Wake board without a majority that would support continuing the fight against a federal ruling that declared the state legislature’s maps for Wake County Board of Commissioners and school board to be unconstitutional.
Christine Kushner became the first Wake County school board member to attend a meeting virtually. Kushner, who is overseas traveling with her husband, phoned into Tuesday’s meeting. She listened to discussions and voted on agenda items.
The Wake County school board voted Tuesday to open all of the district’s schools on a two-hour delay on Election Day because of the traffic around polling places in the morning. Voter turnout is expected to be high on Nov. 8 when between 50 and 60 Wake schools will serve as polling places.
On Tuesday, Wake County school administrators will recommend budget cuts to help deal with a budget shortfall that could reach $15 million or more. School officials have previously warned that the cuts will be painful and will affect students, families and school employees.
Rep. Paul Stam is complaining that attorneys for Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore weren’t in court to argue on behalf of the legislature’s maps for Wake County Board of Commissioners and school board. But Anita Earls, an attorney for the plaintiffs, points to how the State Attorney General’s Office argued the two legislative leaders shouldn’t be named as defendants.
Wake County is considering offering six innovative school models in areas such as education, engineering, farming and public safety. Students studying in those areas could get steered into careers such as policing, teaching, architecture and physical therapy.
Conservative bloggers Carter Wrenn and A.P. Dillon have differing responses to a U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the state legislature’s districts for Wake County school board and commissioners are unconstitutional.
Wake County school system figures show that 6,465 of 10,568 students, or 61.2 percent, were placed into the school they requested for the 2016-17 school year. That compares to 5,099 out of 10,263, or 49.7 percent, who got the school they wanted for the 2015-16 school year.
J. Brian Ratledge, chairman of the Wake County Board of Elections, discusses the impact of a federal court ruling that tossed out the state legislature's new districts for school board and county commissioners.
The State Board of Education gave unanimous approval Thursday for 11 new charter schools to open in August amid questions about whether some schools will be ready. But charter school officials said they felt confident that all 11 will be ready to open on time.
Bob Catapano, Wanda Denning, Richard Murphy, Nancy Olson, Orage Quarles III and Bob Rankin have been chosen for the 2016 Class of the Wake County Public School System Hall of Fame. Bill McNeal and Howard Manning Jr. also received awards.
Mary Beth Ainsworth filed Thursday to run for the Wake County school board District 1 seat, becoming the fifth candidate for that office. Ainsworth said she wants to improve services for special-needs students after fighting Wake over not providing feeding therapy to her 3-year-old son who has Down syndrome.
Wake County school board Chairman Tom Benton announced Thursday he will run for re-election to the District 1 seat. Due to the state legislature’s redistricting of Wake County school board lines, Benton will run against three other challengers including board Vice Chair Monika Johnson-Hostler.