The Wake County Republican Party is citing the drop in the school system’s teacher turnover rate this year to charge that Democratic candidates for the county board of commissioners are trying to “trick voters” with “distorted facts and figures” about teacher resignations.
In a press release Sunday, Wake GOP Chairwoman Donna Williams cites a recent campaign mailer from Democratic candidate John Burns saying that Republican Commissioner Paul Coble is a “problem” that led to a 41-percent increase in mid-year teacher resignations in Wake. But Williams says “his ‘fact’ was a mid-year number that didn’t turn out to be true for the entire year.”
Williams notes how a new state report shows that Wake’s teacher turnover rate dropped from 12.1 percent in the 2012-13 school year to 11.51 percent in the 2013-14 school year.
“This campaign of Liberal Lies to distort Republican Results has gotten out of control,” Williams says in the press release. “They have no shame and will do and say whatever they can do to try and steal this election. The facts just don’t matter to them. All they care about is deceiving voters by any means necessary.”
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But Wake County school officials say the new turnover figures don’t tell the whole story because the report only runs through March and doesn’t include all the teachers who’ve left since then. Wake has pointed to how 1,210 teachers resigned during the 2013-14 school year compared to 906 in the 2012-13 school year.