In spite of the fact that 58% of annual operating funds come from the Legislature which has failed to adopt a budget mid-way through the fiscal year, the Wake BOE has adopted a “final” budget. In doing so, and with approval of the Wake County staff, the Board issued well-deserved and long-delayed raises to all non-certified staff in the District.
About Bill Fletcher
Bill Fletcher is a member of the Wake County Board of Education.
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Your public school district is now a minority-majority district where students of color and immigrants from all over the world outnumber white enrollees. Taken together this expanding richness of cultures and life experiences is invigorating our communities and education.
Yet existing housing patterns and schooling options other than the public school system are resulting in higher concentrations of students of color and from modest and low income families in more schools.
Wake County, NC – Thoughts for July 2019 from Bill Fletcher, Member of the Wake County Board of Education.
‘Tis the season to congratulate our seniors as they commence the next phase of their lives! This year, Wake will award 11,469 diplomas and see about 90% of the four-year cohort – those who entered ninth grade in 2015 – demonstrate they are prepared for the next step.
But what about the 10% of students who will not graduate? What choices did they make, or what did our schools fail to do to assure these 1,300 students succeeded academically?
The State Constitution expects the legislature to fund all school operations and the county to fund facilities.School boards do not have taxing authority and thus are dependent on state and county funding decisions to run an effective and challenging academic program.
Let’s take a fresh approach in the Legislature this year. Let’s agree on some simple principles and then set about enacting laws and budgets in support of those principles! Are you ready?
You Voted YES to pay LESS!
That is the choice voters made by passing the Wake School Bond issue. Voters authorized the use of General Obligation bonds for school construction which is the most cost-effective way to borrow money for construction. Voter approval will save all Wake taxpayers significant interest on capital debt.
Vote YES to Pay LESS!
That is the choice voters have with the Wake School Bond issue. The County is asking voters to approve using General Obligation bonds for school construction which is the most cost-effective way to borrow money for construction.
Voter approval will save taxpayers significant interest on debt.
As the balance of 162,000 students began classes, district staff released the draft plan to open four new schools in 2019 and assign students to schools with available seats…all in an effort to reduce over-crowding, comply with the state-mandated class size reduction, align k-8 calendars and possibly remove enrollment caps from some schools.
While legislative leaders hold press conferences extolling teacher raises, their back room decisions amount to an illegal statewide property tax that claims more than one billion dollars from North Carolina’s property taxpayers. This year more than eight cents of Wake’s property tax rate has been “stolen” by the state legislature to pay for state-required costs. That’s $120 million dollars that could have been used for counselors, nurses, social workers or technology support in our schools.