Religious and Family Freedom and the Wake County School Board

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

After being given the denial letter from the school board, we requested that we receive a copy of the minutes from the school board appeal and later discussion by the full board on the hearing.

Today I was contacted by Laura Evans, Director of the Growth Management Office, to explain that my request was considered unusual and had to be reviewed by their attorney and members of the board before a response could be made.

I was verbally told that before we could be given a copy of the meeting minutes they must be edited, reviewed, and approved by the board.

I requested the information in writing and was given the following:
Subject: Board Appeal Minutes
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2007 08:10:47 -0500
From: Laura Evans (address removed)
To: David Bailey (address removed)

Mr. Bailey,

We have received your request for the minutes from your board appeal hearing for your daughter Brittany. The minutes have not been completed. We will get you a copy as soon as there is a final draft. Please know that the minutes are not final until they are reviewed and approved by the board.

Laura Evans
Director
Growth Management, WCPSS
(phone number removed)

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Well, we received the letter today. Here it is. I'll let you judge for yourself. (You can click on the image to view it more closely.)

To me this letter stands as a monument to the ultimate failing of the Wake County School Board to meet the needs of our family. A simple request that could easily have been granted by the school board for the benefit of our daughters was denied to meet the needs of cold, impersonal policy.

I'd like to thank our board member, Ron Margiotta, who has been of great assistance in our efforts, and for his encouraging words. I can only hope that the other board members have served their constituents as well he has served us. I encourage you to know which school board member has been elected by your district and find out if they've met your needs.

We do have an historic opportunity this Fall as a majority of the nine-member Wake County School Board comes up for re-election. I encourage everyone to get involved in this important process. If we are involved, I promise we can make a positive difference.

Wake County School Board Members and Terms
http://www.wcpss.net/Board/boeinfo.html

Wake County Voter Registration Information
http://www.wakegov.com/elections/

It is not over for us. We will continue to determine what actions we can take to find a resolution for our daughters.

Thank you for your many kind comments, support, and prayers.

Sincerely,

David Bailey

PS- If you're interested in reading our second appeal before three members of the Wake County School Board, I've attached it here.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Today, we were telephoned by a representative of the school board regarding our appeal. We were informed, informally, because they must notify us by mail, that our appeal was again denied.

We are awaiting the formal notification via letter at which time we may pursue additional actions to allow Brittany and Amber to attend school together.

We have now twice presented to the school board why Amber and Brittany have religious, emotional, and academic reasons to attend school together. Both times, our appeals have been denied.

We will post additional details when we have them, as well as our response to the official notice from the school board.

We're thankful to the News & Observer and T. Keung Hui for their latest article which highlights how difficult it can be for parents trying to do the right thing for their sons and daughters in opposition to the will of the school board. However, I would like to re-state, these are our sons and daughters, and if we don't stand up for what they need, then who will?

Sincerely,

David

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

We've received notice that the school board has scheduled the "re-hearing" and are planning to present our case again, this time in front of three school board members. This will happen tomorrow (Thursday, Feb 8th).

All prayers on our behalf are appreciated!

Sincerely,

David