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July 8, 2014

Blogger questions “optics” of Wake County hiring new schools equity chief

Lady Liberty 1885 questions the “optics” of the Wake County school system paying Rodney Trice $125,000 a year to be the new assistant superintendent for equity affairs at a time when teachers haven’t seen their raises yet.

The Wake County school system is drawing criticism from a conservative blogger for creating the Office of Equity Affairs and filling it with a highly paid administrator..

In a blog post Saturday, Lady Liberty 1885 questions the “optics” of Wake paying Rodney Trice $125,000 a year to be the new assistant superintendent for equity affairs at a time when teachers haven’t seen their raises yet. She also questions the need for the office at all.

“The Wake Board’s comments are social and economic justice themed; calling the position the ‘conscience of the organization’ yet what it looks like Trice has really been hired to do is to spin the testing gap for Hispanic and Black students and alter discipline in our schools,” Lady Liberty writes.

Lady Liberty also points to comments on Trice’s Twitter feed on Common Core and “Dreamers” who are supporting immigrants who were brought into the country as children when their parents arrived illegally or overstayed their visas.

“Trice seems to be a fan of Common Core,” Lady Liberty writes. “That’s disappointing since the Common Core appears to be widening the gaps, not closing them.”

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