Press statement and remarks from 12/3/07

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E.C. HUEY REDEDICATES SCHOOL BOARD CAMPAIGN, DECLARES SCHOOLS “WORSE OFF TODAY THAN ONE YEAR AGO”

GREENSBORO (3 December 2007) – Guilford County 2008 School Board at-large candidate E.C. Huey recognized the one-year anniversary of the kickoff of his grass-roots campaign this afternoon in front of Guilford County Schools’ Administrative Offices in downtown Greensboro, declaring our county schools “worse off today than they were a year ago.”

Huey rededicated his campaign in front of gathered press, supporters and concerned citizens and said there was little time to waste and that the lives of our children are at stake.

“One year ago, I challenged the status quo inside that building to stop busing our children, to stop the wasteful spending of taxpayer money, to be smarter with regards to school construction, to do something about student achievement before Judge Howard Manning yanks our schools away from us, to get serious about cracking down on school violence and lack of discipline in our schools and classrooms, and to get serious on granting real whistleblowing protection for teachers and staff who wish to voice work-related complaints in their schools,” Huey said. “What a difference a year makes. In many cases, our schools are worse off today than they were a year ago.”

Huey said his campaign Website (hueyforguilfordschoolboard.org) has logged more than 15,600 visitors since its debut one year ago and since then, many GCS teachers, families of GCS children, and key members of Guilford County’s blogging community have pledged their support. The candidate added today that he is also advocating for the immediate restoration of cultural arts in our schools.

“I’ll be working closely with a newly-formed group called SAVE GCS ARTS, which is advocating for the immediate restoration of music and art instructional time in our elementary and middle schools and the reinstatement of the GCS cultural arts coordinator position,” Huey said today.

Huey, 36, is an unofficial candidate for the 2008 at-large position on the Guilford County Board of Education and will officially file for the position when the filing period begins in February. More information about his candidacy, positions, published statements and blog can be found on his official campaign website: www.hueyforguilfordschoolboard.org.

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E.C. HUEY’S PREPARED REMARKS TO BE DELIVERED MONDAY

3 DECEMBER 2007 TO REDEDICATE SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDACY

I stood here, at this very spot one year ago, and publicly declared my intentions to run for the at-large seat on the Guilford County Board of Education. Well, what a difference a year makes.

As of today, we are uncertain as to whether the incumbent Dot Kearns will run again for an unprecedented fifth term on the Board of Education. Even Ms. Kearns, herself, has publicly stated that she will not make any decisions until early next year. And, as of today, no one else has publicly declared their intentions to run for this seat, or any other seats on the Board of Education, and there are five other seats up for grabs next year.

But seeing as though the February filing period is only weeks away, and as you all well know by now, I’ve been running a “pre-campaign” of sorts, I have not sat back and waited until that decision by Ms. Kearns is made. Our children cannot afford any additional months of lackluster leadership.

A lot has happened in this past year with respect to this campaign. One year ago, my Website, http://www.hueyforguilfordschoolboard.org had a soft debut. Today, I’m proud to announce that my campaign site and blog has logged more than 15,500 visitors. My blog has rapidly become one of the fastest growing political and education blogs among GuilfordCounty’s blogging community. My blog was recently recognized by the Raleigh-based John Locke Foundation for being a “must-read” for information on public education in Guilford County.

One year ago, I challenged the status quo inside that building to stop busing our children, to stop the wasteful spending of taxpayer money, to be smarter with regards to school construction, to do something about student achievement before Judge Howard Manning yanks our schools away from us, to get serious about cracking down on school violence and lack of discipline in our schools and classrooms, and to get serious on granting real whistleblowing protection for teachers and staff who wish to voice work-related complaints in their schools.

What a difference a year makes. In many cases, our schools are worse off today than they were a year ago. Since the beginning of this school year, we’ve had two very well-publicized fights in two of our major high schools, which have resulted in arrests. Published reports recently uncovered the fact that GCS has not expelled a student since 2000. When two of our school board members recently questioned why a new proposed high school should cost nearly $88 million to build, they received a rather cold and condescending reception by GCS administrative staff. With a nearly half-a-billion-dollar school bond referendum looming, it will ultimately yield more debt, which is already spiraling out of control. Race-baiting continues to be alive and well on our school board. Real whistleblowing protection for employees continues to be lacking, and as we’ve seen recently, teachers are administratively thrown under the bus if they blow the whistle and voice a complaint in their schools. Some on our school board continue to push busing our students to schools across town instead of advocating for neighborhood schools. Cultural arts programs in our schools continue to be scaled back in favor of teaching our children how to pass a two hour test. When a group of concerned gentlemen representing some of Greensboro’s largest black churches recently urged the school board to deal with suspension and dropout rates among students of color and after this was requested to be an agenda item for a subsequent board meeting, the public still waits for this discussion to take place.

I stood here last year and declared that it is time for a change in our schools. And since then, many have answered that call and have joined my campaign.

I’m proud to announce that many teachers from various schools across the county, have voiced their support for this campaign. I’ve been meeting with teachers countywide on a regular basis since this campaign began last year, and I expect that to continue right into Election Day.

We’ve already picked up support from various families of GCS Advanced Learning and Very Strong Needs students. And I’m also proud to announce that I’ll be working closely with a newly-formed group called SAVE GCS ARTS, which is advocating for the immediate restoration of music and art instructional time in our elementary and middle schools and the reinstatement of the GCS cultural arts coordinator position.

In addition, many among Guilford County’s blogging community have publicly announced their support for this campaign.

So while I’m here to publicly rededicate myself and my campaign to the children of Guilford County, I’m also here to say that we cannot rest and we do not have the luxury of time to waste. Our children are at stake. Our children are our future. Until these aforementioned issues are dealt with, GCS will continue to fail our children.

I’m here to tell those children, all 71,000 of them, that help is on the way. I’m here to tell the 10,000 employees of Guilford County Schools…that help is on the way. I’m here today to tell the citizens, taxpayers, business owners, community leaders, and others who care deeply about public education in Guilford County, that help is on the way.

As I said at this very spot last year, let us go forth. This is a real grass-roots movement and the task ahead of us is great. Our only interests are those children…our children. For our children are indeed our future.

Please join me so we can take back this at-large seat and return it properly to the people of this county. Join us so that we can have a renewed spirit of cooperation and focus, so that our schools will get back to the business of educating our children and educating our future.

Thank you. God bless you. And May God continue to bless the children of Guilford County.

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E.C. 🙂

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2 Responses

  1. very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
    Idetrorce

  2. Thank you for writing in, but what about these remarks do you not agree with?

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