Members of the Great Schools in Wake Coalition and other progressive groups are working hard to both lobby for higher teacher pay this year and to flip control of the Wake County Board of Commissioners to Democrats.
Today, GSIW charwoman Yevonne Brannon is meeting with Wake County school board advisory council chairs and PTA members to talk about how to lobby for the school board’s request for a $39.3 million funding increase from the commissioners. Then on Wednesday, the Wake Citizens For Good Government PAC is holding a fundraiser to help achieve its goal of “reclaiming a progressive majority on the Board (of Commissioners).”
The relationship between these groups and the Wake County school board were decidedly more adversarial before the Democratic-backed board majority was in charge.
Here’s the email that Brannon sent encouraging BAC chairs and others to attend:
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Subject: Tuesday Night May 27th at 7 pm
I would love to invite the BAC Chairs and their friends to attend our organizing meeting Tuesday at Fairmont Methodist Church at 2501 Clark Ave. -- if you have contact information, please invite them.
Also, PLEASE invite any PTA leadership you know at the Wake Co. LEVEL and at individual schools.
THIS IS the time to speak up loudly for our schools...WE NEED a sea of RED and a packed room at the June 2 7pm public HEARING.
PLEASE let me know how we can get folks to our meeting.
ALSO at this meeting we will have WIFI and teach a brief TWEETING class.
Help me think of who else we can invite.
Considering that at least two BAC chairs are GSIW leaders – Lynn Edmonds in District 5 and Patty Williams in District 8 – they’re already sympathetic to Great Schools.
Now jump ahead to Wednesday’s fundraiser by Wake Citizens For Good Government.
In a press release sent Friday that promotes the fundraiser, the PAC says its “goal is to ensure the election of candidates who support public education and understand the need to pay teachers a competitive salary.” The group notes how it “played an instrumental role in the 2011 school board races” that saw the board majority flip from Republican to Democrat.
The invite for Wednesday’s fundraiser lists all four Democratic candidates for Wake County Board of Commissioners as “special guests.” The sponsors include a list of local Democratic leaders and activists.
Among the event hosts, which means they put up between $1,000 and $5,000, are John Campbell and Ann Campbell, who were the biggest financial donors to the Democratic school board candidates in 2011. Ann Campbell, who is a GSIW leader, was also the biggest donor to the Democratic school board candidates in 2013.