Five years ago, the Wake County Board of Education was in disarray and our national reputation was tarnished. Having had such a positive experience as a parent with our award winning schools, I was motivated to run to get our system back on the right track. It has been an honor to serve you and return the focus of the Wake County Public School System’s leadership to stability and innovation.
As a Board member, I have focused on restoring community respect for our public schools and on greater collaboration with our County Commissioners and municipal leaders to get the best results for our students and teachers. I am proud what we have accomplished together:
• We secured the largest single increase in local funding for our schools while raising salaries for teachers and staff and expanding academic programs.
• We brought stability to student assignment—while opening new schools led to some new assignments, we have also balanced choice with stability and efficiency. We need to keep working on improving student assignment.
• We returned the center of attention to learning and teaching, not politics.
We must continue to defend, support, and transform our public schools, and keep moving forward—our WCPSS goal is to lift our graduation rate to at least 95 percent by 2020, and we are on track to reach that goal. I’m running for re-election to build on and continue our progress
Let’s work to keep moving forward. Wake County deserves great schools for all its students, and I ask for your help to continue that work!