Since Tuesday I have been reading and hearing (including Tuesday night) a steady stream of whining from unions, special interests and supporters of the status-quo about how the newly elected board members were taking actions not supported by the citizens of Wake County.
In August Civitas did a poll of voters in the districts that the new board members represent — NEWS FLASH — they are representing the voters very well! These districts comprise over 270,00o voters and when you add in Ron Margiotta's district's 72,000 voters you get over 59% of Wake voters living in those 5 districts.
3 out of every 5 Wake County voters live in districts 1,2,7,8 & 9. They should have the majority and set policy.
On the resolutions what do the voters think about the new Boards proposals:
Change in Assignment Policy: 69% oppose assigning students based on diversity – 25% support assigning based on diversity. 70% say that the policy of assigning for "socio-economic diversity" is unfair!
Ending Mandatory Year Round Assignment: 68% say parents should be able to choose – 28% say the system should choose
Saving money (H-6 proposal and resolution to save costs and expenses): The Wake County School Board a good steward of tax dollars? 57% disagree with 35% strongly disagreeing, only 35% agree they are good stewards
We did not ask about Early release Wednesdays but if we had I am sure it would have been 70+% unpopular.
Remember these results are the general public – not just parents. On the parents some of these numbers were much higher. But remember the school board is elected by and represents everyone, not just parents.
So to conclude and make it clear – The new majority represents the majority (big majority) of Wake citizens (voters). They are doing what they said they would do – a rare occurrence with politicians. They are doing what the voters want.
As a recently elected national politician said – we won.