Last week, The Washington Post created a firestorm of controversy with this a January 12 article titled, "Republican school board in NC backed by tea party abolishes integration policy."
The article, written by WP reporter Stephanie McCrummen, gives a pretty honest and accurate picture of the chaos that's ensued every since the conservative Republicans took over the Wake County Public School Board in Dec. 2009, and immediately set about dismantling WCPSS longstanding and successful student diversity policy.
The WP article certainly drew a lot of local and national attention, the most surprising from US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who, in a January 13 letter to the WP, scolded the WCPSS in stating, "This is no time to go backward" on student diversity.
Needless to say, Sec. Duncan's tongue-lashing of the WCPSS GOP majority did not go over well at all with board majority or their supporters. But on Monday, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s national holiday, the board's most bombastic member, John Tedesco, took to the airwaves of Fox Business News and WPTF-AM in Raleigh, trashing WCPSS previous student diversity policy, pushing neighborhood schools, chiding Sec. Duncan for his rebuke, and incredibly, not telling the truth AT ALL in denying that the NC Tea Party movement is backing the Republican majority on the Wake County Public School Board.
The proof? Let's go back to April 15, 2010 in Raleigh at the NC Tea Party rally at the State Capital. Look who shows up to say "Thanks" for all of your continued support.
Now look who showed up on the Fox Business Channel to say, flat out, the Republicans on the Wake School Board ARE NOT being backed by the Tea Party movement.