Wake board member to reveal plan

April 22, 2010 9:00:19 PM PDT
More local leaders are calling on a Wake County school board member to share his plan for community schools. Wake County School Board Member John Tedesco fell through on his promise to share his plan with ABC11 Eyewitness News on Thursday.

On Wednesday, ABC11 questioned Tedesco about transparency and why he has been sharing his plan with some individuals before the entire board has seen it.

"I saw your nice editorial that was concerned about open process, so I wanted to make sure we're having open process." Tedesco said.

He has now called a special meeting of the board with notice to the public for 4 p.m. Friday.

The Mayor of Raleigh and the City Council are also asking to see his plan, because they say they have a lot of concerns.

In a letter Wednesday, Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker asked how re-assignment will affect the racial and economic makeup of each school.

Meeker explained that the council voted unanimously to pass a resolution against the re-segregation of Wake County schools. It's the same resolution that only Democratic county commissioners supported earlier in the week.

Many believe re-segregation will happen with a community based assignment plan.

"This isn't the plan," Tedesco said. "I've said it a hundred times this is not the plan. What the agenda notes for Friday is that It's a conceptualize vision of where I think we can go with student assignment to show that we have shared values as a community. It was never a diversity problem. We all value diversity in our community. It's growth management problem."

ABC11 asked Tedesco if he is feeling political pressure because of the Raleigh City Council and Wake County Commissioners' resolutions against re-segregation.

"I don't think its political pressure by no means as much as it is there's a lot of misinformation out there and the absences of information, people like the politicians you noted will make up stuff," Tedesco said. "I get that. They have different agendas. Our county commissioner folks have an election this year they got to keep issues heightened for their agenda but that's not what we're about. We're about taking care of every single child in this district and that's what we're going to do."

Meanwhile, it's unclear how much community school assignments will cost, but Raleigh leaders fear it will lead to higher taxes and more debt. They want the numbers from the school board by next month.

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