Quality Education & Teacher Support

Quality Education and Teacher Support

Even before the covid shut down, Wake County Public School’s educational performance was on a six-year steady decline. This plummeting performance was never more evident than in District Eight where, under the direction of incumbent Lindsay Mahaffey, every high school has declined in academic growth each year she’s been in office. For reference, please see the NC DPI Report Card page.

While my opponent and the NCAE blame plummeting academic scores on the pandemic, the truth is that decline has been happening for years. The cause for the decline is poor and politically charged curriculum choices, misallocation of resources, budgetary waste and a lack of focus on proven teaching standards. All the money in the world cannot overcome bad management and poor leadership.

I will focus on:

  • Attracting the best and most qualified teachers and admin to Wake County. This can be accomplished by:
    • Redirecting budgetary waste to give teachers needed resources. 
    • Advocate for the continuing upward trajectory of NCGA teacher pay increases. (Between 2014 and 2018, North Carolina had the third highest cumulative growth rate for teacher pay in the U.S.).
  •  Replacing ineffective curriculum such as MVP Math that have led to plummeting academic scores. See Post.
  • Early literacy funding (by the 3rd grade, only 30% of minority students in Wake are proficient in reading.
  • Competitive teacher funding
 
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Steve Bergstrom

Steve Bergstrom

Steve Bergstrom, candidate for Wake County School Board in District 8 is a dedicated husband, father of four, veteran of the Air Force and captain for a major U.S. airline. He brings experience, leadership and will to return schools to parents.

Steve Bergstrom

Steve Bergstrom

Steve Bergstrom, candidate for Wake County School Board in District 8 is a dedicated husband, father of four, veteran of the Air Force and captain for a major U.S. airline. He brings experience, leadership and will to return schools to parents.

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