Wake County Schools – A Choice Worth Fighting For

Wake County Schools

Governor Cooper has declared it to be School Choice Week in North Carolina, a time when we recognize the rights of parents to direct their children’s education to the type of school which fits their child best. As a  parental rights advocate, I celebrate this recognition.  Locally, we have a myriad of options, but my goal as your next Wake County School Board member is to bring back educational excellence to our public schools so it’s the most attractive choice for parents  – our students deserve nothing less.

Parents in Wake County are running away from public schools. Enrollment is down nearly 6 percent this past year. Sixty percent of property taxes in this county goes directly to public education, and even though we are paying the high price tag of a quality education, parents are spending even more on private and homeschool options. While I fully support parental choice, shoring up Wake County Schools to address learning loss, special education, quality curriculum and transparency are imperative steps to bringing Wake County Schools back to a tradition of excellence.

Learning loss has been called by the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) as a “false construct,” and has been ignored by school board members. As a father of three Wake County School students, I can tell you the people in power are both out of touch and negligent. More students are now failing because of shut downs, have lost academic and athletic scholarship opportunities, and special needs students have being denied their legal services, resulting in regression and emotional turmoil. Draconian mandates have crippled our children in so many ways, and the only thing that needs shutdown is politicians who damage our public education. 

We know the problems – as WCPSS parents, we are living through them. What we need are solutions. Allowing students to continue in-class instruction, bringing back after school tutoring cut by the board, curriculum transparency and ensuring our special needs students are not treated like second class citizens are all good places to start. When I’m elected, I will boldly address these issues and take other parental concerns to my fellow board members. But in order to do that, I need to hear from both parents and students about their experiences, and ideas for solutions. 

A school board representative can’t represent people they don’t listen to, which is why I’m holding events for the ultimate subject experts – parents, students and teachers. Our first event is February 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Sophie’s Grill in Cary. We will first hear from policy writer and researcher Terry Stoops, who will put analysis and new studies in perspective for us. After Mr. Stoops speaks, we will open up the floor to parents, teachers and students. I hope you will join us, and register here.

As we recognize School Choice Week, let’s think together how we can make Wake County Schools not the default to something better, but a choice worth making.

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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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