Wake school board member considering state office

Debra Goldman (Electdebragoldman.com)

January 24, 2012 5:10:20 AM PST
Debra Goldman, member of the Wake County School Board, posted on her Facebook page Monday that she is considering a run for higher office later this year.

She said she is disturbed by Gov. Bev Perdue's recent proposal for three-quarters of a penny sales tax hike, adding that it didn't make sense to her.

Goldman is a Republican who was part of a new Republican majority that came to power on the Wake County School Board in 2008 on a platform of ending the district's controversial policy of busing students to promote socioeconomic diversity. The new majority said it wanted to allow students to attend schools closer to their homes.

But early on - as the new board worked on a new student assignment plan - Goldman showed her independence, voting with Democrats to slow the process. A new assignment policy was eventually approved and on Jan. 17, Wake County officially opened a school selection process that allows parents to pick their top preferences for their child's school.

Fellow board member John Tedesco is expected to announce later this week if he will run for state school superintendent.

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