Partisan School Board Elections

Representatives from Onslow and Forsyth want to make the elections to every local school board in the state into partisan elections. HB 324, filed by

Phil Shepard and George Cleveland, Onslow Repubs, and Donny Lambeth and Debra Conrad, Forsyth Repubs, will have all school board candidates, statewide, run with a party affiliation. If there are more party candidates than available seats on the board, there will be primary election to determine who will run.

AN ACT TO REQUIRE ALL ELECTED LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION TO BE
ELECTED ON A PARTISAN BASIS WITH VACANCIES IN THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE BOARDS FILLED UPON RECOMMENDATION BY THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE NOMINATING POLITICAL PARTY.

No local board would be allowed to supersede this law. To fill vacancies that may appear...

If no provision is now made by the law for the filling of vacancies in the membership of appointed members of any city board of education, such vacancy may be filled by the governing body of the city or town embraced by said administrative unit. In the event that any such vacancy is not filled in this manner within 30 days, the State Board of Education may fill such vacancy.

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Liable to backfire on 'em

Several years ago, while waiting in line to vote, I had a conversation with an old (Republican) codger about local races. I asked him if he ever voted for Democrats, and he said something along the lines of, "Sure, but only for things that have to do with education or county health matters. Some things you really don't want to cut, or you'll regret it in the future."

I realize that's anecdotal, but I was a Republican back then too, and was already splitting my votes between the two parties based on ideas much like that.

Interesting...

Representative Justin Burr (R - Stanly/Montgomery) introduced H111 & H112 which would make Board of Education elections partisan and allow for the recall of Board of Education members here in Stanly County a month or so ago. Have to wonder if this is just that good an idea that it's going statewide, or are they providing Burr and his legislation some political cover.

Recall!

Who is on the Stanley County School Board that Burr wants to see removed! THAT, is the question!

Too Lazy to Get the Names...

Stanly County and the School Board are embroiled in controversy as the newly elected Board has put forth plans for school redistricting and consolidation. Years overdue, but it's still causing a fuss. Given this context in which Burr announced his legislation, he seems to want everyone but the one or two who support doing nothing gone. Oh, the best part is his vendetta against a former Republican primary opponent and County Board Commissioner, Peter Ascutto, who supports the school board. Wake and Forsyth ain't got nothing on Stanly!