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Wake County Public School System

Education: Bill Fletcher October 2018 Newsletter

Wake County, NC – Thoughts for September 2018 from Bill Fletcher, Member of the Wake County Board of Education.

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.

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Wake Education Board Candidates Talk Growth, Safety and Reassignment at Forum

Cary, NC – With early voting starting in less than a week, candidates for the Wake County Board of Education met at a forum to discuss top questions about local public schools, particularly managing growth and ensuring student safety. Read more

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Education: Bill Fletcher 2018 September Newsletter

Wake County, NC – Thoughts for September 2018 from Bill Fletcher, Member of the Wake County Board of Education.

Student Assignment Plan Released

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.

Public information sessions are being held now. Draft 2 of the plan will be released September 18. Public comment is welcomed at the district website. Read more

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Education: Bill Fletcher 2018 July Newsletter

Wake County, NC – Thoughts for July 2018 from Bill Fletcher, Member of the Wake County Board of Education.

Has the Legislature Enacted a Statewide Property Tax and Didn’t Tell Us?

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.

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Education: Bill Fletcher 2018 June Newsletter

Wake County, NC – Thoughts for June 2018 from Bill Fletcher, Member of the Wake County Board of Education.

Cathy Moore named Wake Superintendent

After a five-month nationwide search, the school board chose Cathy Moore as the 10th superintendent of the Wake public schools. Yes, she is the first woman and Latina to lead Wake’s schools, but neither characteristic is why she was hired.

The community told us they wanted a former teacher who would remain in the position for six or more years, someone who knew Wake County and the Wake schools and would be highly visible and accessible. Cathy Moore fits that profile. She is dedicated to the success of every child and eminently capable of leading the state’s largest school district to greater academic heights.  Click here for more info about our new superintendent.  Read more

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Wake Schools Close Ahead of Teacher Rally

Cary, NC – Schools across Wake County, including schools in Cary, will close on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 as thousands of teachers say they are attending a rally at the General Assembly. Read more

Education: Bill Fletcher 2018 May Newsletter

Cary, NC – Thoughts for May 2018 from Bill Fletcher, Member of the Wake County Board of Education.

Chronic Underfunding of Our Schools has been Exposed!

Your Board of Education made a profound statement when it adopted the superintendent’s recommended budget as the Board’s Proposed Budget for 2018-19. The Board will request $58.9 million in additional, recurring local funding to meet the reduced class size mandate, open new schools, protect principal pay, expand counselor support for students, recruit and train new academic teachers, maintain excellent services to students with special needs and expand services for AIG students.

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Cary Parents Organizing for New Wake School Security

Cary, NC – In response to the mass shooting at a Florida high school in February, a group of Cary parents has begun pushing for new locking mechanisms to be added to Wake County schools with support steadily growing. Read more

Education: Bill Fletcher 2018 February Newsletter

Cary, NC – Thoughts for February 2018 from Bill Fletcher, Member of the Wake County Board of Education. Read more