Introducing San Diego “Sue”

…okay, “Sue” is not her real name, but I have just deputized an employee of the San Diego Unified School District.

She has become a regular here on GSW since the Grier-regime stormed into SD weeks ago. She is not happy with ole’ Terry. And she reports many of her colleagues are already displeased.

Thus, she will be sending in regular reports in-so-far-as the goings-on within SDUSD. Not to fret, I’ve already sent her the mother lode of background and links to get her and her colleagues started on the warpath.

//” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. I know what you’re going to say; Grier isn’t our problem anymore. But it sounds as though we need to begin sending those folks some “Get Grier Outta Here” signs.

San Diego-Sue writes: …Our local news anchor Rory Devine, NBC 7/39 (she tackles education big!) She’s interviewing him [Grier] this Saturday and I need facts! I did send her the links you sent to me as well as informed her of the “hush hush” hiring of 15 assistants to the 5 area assistants to the one Superintendent. Ay yi yi. Our teachers are LIVID to say the least. Laying off teachers went as far back as 8 year tenure. YIKES! Administration top heavy. Yes some of it is our Board, that we ignorantly voted in. Guess you never know.


We are in for a treat (- insert sarcasm here-). Well after he does his damage we can thank our board for yet another fine job.-again sarcasm-

You know I saw comments about race. I bet he’ll be happy to see that we here in San Diego have a good chunk of students that don’t speak English AT ALL.-sarcasm- AND we have students that live in Tijuana and cross the border everyday. While they do have the right to learn, they should also be citizens, and if they are not, we as tax payers should not have to pay for them.

Gotta gotta go now and look for a job that I can’t be bumped or laid off of… –again with the sarcasm-

//” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Sounds a lot like Alan Bersin we had a few years back… Politician, lawyer, hands in other peoples pockets! BARF! He killed our morale!

Oh yeah I forgot, he’s (Grier) asking our teachers to take a pay cut. I bet his $289K a year won’t be touched.


Our San Diego brethren need our support and prayers…and some grist for NBC-7/39’s Rory Devine. Forward your messages here, and I’ll make sure San Diego Sue gets them all.

E.C. 🙂


Teacher, deputy attacked by student at Northeast H.S. (N&R)

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MCLEANSVILLE – A 16-year-old girl was charged Wednesday with attacking a Northeast High School teacher and a Guilford County Sheriff’s deputy at the school.

Teyonna Range-Hall of 1401-D Donathan Place in Greensboro was charged with two counts of assaulting a government official and one count each of resisting arrest and of injury to personal property.

According to arrest warrants, Range-Hall is accused of attacking math teacher Jeffrey Alexander and the School’s Student Resource Officer, Deputy C.T. Sluder at the school on Wednesday.

Warrants state the teen kicked Alexander when he attempted to restrain her and then kicked Sluder when he went to assist the teacher.

Warrants do not state what started the scuffle, nor if any one was seriously injured.

Other information about the incident was not available late Wednesday night.

Range-Hall was released to the custody of a guardian.


E.C. 🙂

No regrets blogging

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My friend Tony Wilkins offers inspiration on blogging the vote…and I have no regrets.

Wilkins today revisits Greensboro’s Bill Burckley, in his recent comments to the News & Record (we talked about them here not long ago). As it relates to last week’s vote, Wilkins says:

What’s the correlation between blogging and not being elected locally?

Recently Erik Huey and Greg Woodard. I voted for Erik because of the information I learned about him on his blog, and he had the Rhino endorsement. Yet he finished fifth out of five.

A while back Joe Wilson, Bill Knight and Billy Jones. During that same election Sandy Carmany’s posts on her blog certainly contributed to her election loss after serving 16 years.

Before that Roch Smith, Jr. and David Hoggard.

Bill Burckley, Greensboro’s Karl Rove, states a candidate should never blog because they “get sloppy”. That may be the case for Carmany but I haven’t seen that in any other candidate blog.

The candidates I mention above are good people and could serve this city/county well. Does blogging play a role or might these just be coincidences?

I do think blogging plays an important role, and will continue to do so. And I have no regrets blogging the vote for the past year-and-a-half. This blog has been the anchor for my campaign, and even though I was unsuccessful, I have continued this blog into a full-fledged stand-alone product that will continue to be successful as an independent mouthpiece, watchdog and sounding board for Guilford Co. Schools. Not once did I ever think blogging would substitute for traditional campaigning, but it was useful, in every sense of the word.

E.C. 🙂

Analyzing the Vote

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It’s been nearly a week and it’s time…I’m ready to analyze the vote.

Last Tuesday, this coalition hit another milestone. With 8% of the vote and over 7,200 votes countywide, it shows that an ordinary citizen, who cares about children, can mount a countywide campaign and receive votes in every precinct in the county.

Click here for the Excel spreadsheet with the breakdown.

Here are some thoughts as I’ve now had the opportunity to ponder the numbers:

1. A big presidential primary. A big governors race.

Normally, the old north state doesn’t matter, but this time around, with a presidential contest still unresolved, our state managed to muster enough new voters to the polls. But it may have backfired.

Many of the new voters randomly chose a “good looking-good sounding name.” Many chose a female (Alexander). Many chose their presidential preference and then just stopped.

Many just plain failed to research the candidates. Many don’t have a stake in the school system so they just didn’t care.

All in all, it’s hard for local candidates to get substantial face-time when a big presidential primary, coupled with a big gubernatorial race looms. Thank God for the Rhino and others…since 2006, we had the media on our side, and I sincerely think that helped with some sort of name recognition. Even in precincts where we failed to campaign in, we received votes. That’s a blessing.

We did very well in North Jamestown and North High Point. We also had a good showing in Pleasant Garden. That too is a blessing.

2. We were outspent.

(pictured at left, YES! Weekly credit) Alexander and McKinney raised over $2,000 a piece. We raised just under $400. Hawkes raised slightly over $400. But this campaign was never about money and I have no complaints. It was about ideas on how to make our schools better.

3. The Crawford factor.

Some things can’t be explained. But it’s not easy to run a countywide race like this when five are on the ballot.

4. The Simkins/Roundtable factor.

Again, some things can’t be explained. The Simkins/Roundtable PACs endorsed McKinney. He finished a distant second. Anyone want to tackle that one? Simkins said vote ‘no’ on the Bonds…the Bonds won handedly.

5. A ‘radical’ platform.

I’m still reeling from GCS Board member Anita Sharpe’s comments about me being radical. I thought it was funny at first. I took it as a compliment, I still do. Then over the weekend, it really bothered me. It bothers me that if you’re concerned about the state of public education, and you have a child in the system, and you only want the best education for your child, your ideas to make improvements are called radical. I guess that makes me a rebel-rouser!

You would think I called for a return of corporal punishment the way Sharpe described me.” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. I respect Anita Sharpe for the work she’s done on behalf of our children. But I respectfully disagree with her sentiments. She’s welcome to participate in this forum at anytime to explain herself, I’ll give her as much space as she wants. Or any other Board member. That’s how Guilford School Watch works.

Many have suggested a write-in effort for the Fall. I’ve thought about it, but the voters have spoken. To mount a write-in effort, even just to educate the voters on how to do it would be burdensome and cumbersome.

Many have asked that I think about 2010 (Dr. Routh’s seat). It is tempting; filing for that seat is two years away, almost to the day. But it is a long way away to make a decision. Let’s see how things go between now and then, and if I feel we can mount a successful effort (with the blessing of my family), we’ll try it again. But that’s a long way off.

For now, I’m going to enjoy doing GSW. This blog has an audience and has penetrated every corner of GCS, including many sitting board members. For the time being, we have enough power to influence those who make decisions on behalf of our children.

I will also be setting up a coffee-meeting or two with both McKinney and Alexander separately to talk about the November matchup. I’m preparing my questions as I speak (and trust, these questions will be tough). As soon as those meetings take place, the interviews will be posted here on GSW. Will an endorsement be made? It’s too early speculate at present.

But for now, and once again, thank you for allowing me to share with you my ‘radical’ vision of Guilford County Schools for the last several months. I’ve enjoyed it immensely.

E.C. 🙂

Hammer’s flummoxed, Morgan’s scratching her head, Huey’s at peace

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John Hammer, Rhino Times:

…he [David Crawford] almost made it through the primary and received more than twice as many votes as Erik Huey, who is a former teacher and a legitimate candidate. Huey finished last with 7,292 votes. Crawford also beat another legitimate candidate, Alan Hawkes, who had 10,543 votes. It is baffling why so many people would vote for a candidate who was the only one in the race who, if elected, would not be able to do the job.

But then it is difficult to understand why more people voted for the $412 million school bond than for the $45 million bond to finish Eastern Guilford High School, and why the voters were so adamant that the bonds be paid for by raising property taxes.

This was an unusual election and I’m hoping that someone is going to be able to explain it.


Morgan Josey Glover, N&R:

I try not to make predictions to my editors about election results because I’m not that good at it. The at-large race somewhat threw me for a loop. I figured Michael McKinney would move on to November, but was surprised that Erik Huey did not crack the top three because of his long and strong online campaign. I didn’t count on David Crawford getting as many votes as he did.

However, after polling voters on Tuesday I realized there is not necessarily any rhyme or reason to the numbers. Many voters go on name recognition, regardless of the candidates stance on the issues. Some of the people I talked to said they could not even remember what at-large candidate they selected. And this was five minutes walking out the door.

One gentleman I interviewed said he picked Sandra Alexander because a campaign volunteer handed him a card with her name on it on his way into Eastern Middle School. Another woman said she voted for David Crawford because her husband told her to (she couldn’t remember why her husband was a supporter).

I talked to Michael McKinney last night and he said a woman voted for him because his name sounded right. Huh?


Let not your heart be troubled. Your humbled radical-rebel will analyze everything next week.

E.C. 🙂

Special budget meeting next week

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From the N&R:

The Guilford County Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, to continue discussion of the 2008-09 superintendents’ budget recommendations. The meeting will be held in the board room of the Guilford County Schools’ central office at 712 N. Eugene St.

During the meeting, the board will call on members of the public who wish to address the board regarding 2008-09 budgetary matters of the school district.

E.C. 🙂

Special Meeting May 27

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From the N&R:

The Guilford County Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. on May 27 to hear a presentation on the academic achievement of black male students.

The meeting will take place in the board room of the Guilford County Schools’ central office at 712 N. Eugene St.

E.C. 🙂