Wake Ed

July 9, 2014

Conservatives criticize Wake County schools for creating an Office of Equity Affairs

Donna Martinez of the John Locke Foundation, Asheville radio talk show host Pete Kaliner and Moore County-based Daily Haymaker blog editor Brant Clifton use terms like “statist nonsense” and “New Class” to describe the Wake County school system having an Office of Equity Affairs.

More conservatives, both locally and around the state, are criticizing the Wake County school system for hiring an assistant superintendent for equity affairs and having an Office of Equity Affairs.

On Wednesday, Donna Martinez of the John Locke Foundation, Asheville radio talk show host Pete Kaliner and Moore County-based Daily Haymaker blog editor Brant Clifton used terms like “statist nonsense” and “New Class” to describe the new position. Lady LIberty 1885 already took a shot at Wake for hiring Rodney Trice for the new $125,000 position.

Martinez notes how Trice has said he’s been meeting with local pastors and community groups.

“Let’s hope he will reach out beyond the elitist inside-the-beltline cadre of Leftists/Democrats who believe the answer to any problem — real or perceived — is more government and more power for school bureaucrats over parents,” Martinez writes on the Locke Foundaton’s Right Angles blog. “Will he meet, for example, with parents who are not being served by the traditional system and therefore are seeking other options?”

Kaliner calls Wake’s new position an example of “the rise of the ‘New Class,’” referring to the Communist bureaucrats who ran the former Soviet Union. Noting how Trice is supposed to help close the racial achievement gap, Kaliner quips “Wake County's race-based busing was supposed to help close that gap. Is it not working?”

“These officials are hiring another member of the New Class to work on a problem created by the very bureaucratic system the New Class props up,” Kaliner writes.

Clifton questions Wake spending $204,846 a year on the Office of Equity Affairs at a time when school leaders say more education funding is needed.

“The educrats are doing this with nary a cry of outrage from the media, the Democrats, or Bill Barber’s mob,” Clifton writes of the new position. “They’re too busy feeding us sob stories about mean old Republicans in state government making teachers buy supplies with their own money. I bet $204,846 would buy a heck of a lot of classroom supplies. It might fund a few new classroom positions, or even some pay increases.”

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