Redenbaugh calls New Hanover school board “bottom of political food chain” in award acceptance speech

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Submitted: Tue, 05/24/2011 - 3:59am
Updated: Tue, 05/24/2011 - 4:04pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) A New Hanover County School Board member received a prestigious, national award for public service. Elizabeth Redenbaugh was awarded the JFK Profile in Courage Award this morning at a ceremony in Boston.

Redenbaugh joined the school board in 2008. Since then, she has repeatedly voted against proposed redistricting plans to form neighborhood schools.

“Education really is a civil rights issue of our time, and Elizabeth showed incredible courage to stand up and remind the community of that when it’s not an easy thing to do,” Caroline Kennedy said during an interview today on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Redenbaugh received the Profile in Courage Award for her stance during the county’s middle school redistricting. She says she refused to vote in favor of any redistricting plan where the majority of students at a school qualify for a free or reduced lunch. She has also said that neighborhood schools would in most cases concentrate poor, black children, which would set them up for failure.

During her acceptance speech at the JFK Library in Boston, Redenbaugh admitted feeling humbled.

“Like Caroline said, I am an attorney, and I am an elected official, but let’s be honest, I am a school board member in the second smallest county in the state of North Carolina, which puts me really at the bottom of the political food chain,” she said.

Peggy McKan, who lives in downtown Wilmington, says Redenbaugh’s speech was inappropriate. She says she feels Redenbaugh should have talked up New Hanover County, but instead chose to cast it in a bad light.

“It doesn’t lend any credibility to her representing the folks who live here,” McKan said. “It makes us sound small. I think it’s sad that somebody who’s representing New Hanover County should kind of demean it the way she did.”

Redenbaugh joins the ranks of US presidents and Congressmen who have also been honored with the Profile in Courage Award, but fellow school board member Janice Cavenaugh seems to think Redenbaugh did not deserve such a prestigious honor.

“I don’t understand a Profile in Courage award for a board member who won’t even send her own children to inner city schools,” Cavenaugh told the StarNews last month. “Ms. Redenbaugh espouses one position but does not abide by her own position… When the computerized map based on the Wake County diversity model sent her neighborhood to an inner city school. She vigorously opposed that move. That to me is not a profile in courage.”

An Egyptian Google executive who helped start the Egyptian revolution through a Facebook page also received the award, which is named for President John F. Kennedy’s 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Profiles in Courage.”


  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    You know and I know that busing inner-city kids out to the suburbs will do NOTHING but run up the bill to the taxpayers. When they return home to an imprisoned or missing father, a mother either too busy working or too whacked out on drugs to help them with their homework, and a neighborhood filled with drug dealers and gangs, which do you think will have the greater influence in their life?

    You see, there are no more “white hoods.” The Klan is obsolete….no longer needed, because the Black community is more destructive and harmful to Black families than the Klan ever hoped for.

    The government was not instituted to spend 90% of its time and resources kissing hiney on the poor. Get off your fanny and chart your own destiny. If you think the government is your savior, you’re going to be totally disappointed.

  • Guest11 says:

    There seems to be a lot of worry about poor, black students grouped together causing them to fail. The school system is the same all over the county. I do not understand why anyone would think they wouldn’t get a good education no matter where they were. Integration/busing was NEVER intended to be the norm for ever and ever. If our schools are up to date with qualified teachers, as everyone says they are, then education is education whether on Market Street or Carolina Beach Road, Wrightsville Beach or Carolina Beach. Quit your whining.. it’s been going on for years and years and it has gotten very old, stop blaming the white people for your lack of responsibility and get out there, encourage your children to grab their education and go on with life like everyone else. Bill Cosby said it best . . stop blaming everyone else for your shortcomings.

    In today’s economy.. neighborhood schools just make good, financial sense. There is an end to the free gimmie’s, put your hand down and quit comlaining.

  • Guest6*6*6*6*6* says:

    [quote] guestnc-> And good schooling teaches love (I believe). It teaches love of learning, love of community and its institutions, love of country, and love of self. If it was not so important why would there be so many posts here?[/quote]
    Thats sounds like socialist/left/communism agenda to My Ears.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    …when you wealth redistribution sob-sisters adopt an attitude of intellectual superiority.

    Look, I was willing to admit that I hate you thieving bast**ds with a passion that could move mountains. The least you could do is admit that you ARE thieving bast**ds. I have no idea how I can clarify my position any stronger for you.

    If you believe that the government’s job is to penalize some people to further advance others, then you have absolutely no concept of “equal protection of law” or the basic premise that all men are created equal.

    It has been my good fortune to know, work with, and hire several successful Blacks and I can assure you that NONE of them achieved success in school or life by being bused out to suburbia. They ALL had at least one caring parent (most had two) who got them out of the ghetto and onto a path where they could succeed. They weren’t allowed to run the streets at all hours of the night, they weren’t allowed to cut school, and there was never a doubt as to what kind of behavior was expected of them and what conduct would not be accepted.

    It’s amazing how color becomes a “non-factor” when a person is articulate, intelligent, knows how to dress, and lives within the norms of society.

    Best wishes to you, too. Hope you have a great Summer. Might I recommend climbing El Capitan or cliff-diving in Acapulco?

  • Guest5555555555555555555555555 says:

    Your only the small vocal moron’s. Stick your head back in the toilet bowel. YOUR a OXYGEN THIEF! You do not represent the majority and most of all the majority of voters.

  • ChartersPutChildrenFirst says:

    “She has also said that neighborhood schools would in most cases concentrate poor, black children, which would set them up for failure.”
    Who says neighborhood school children are set for failure? Look at the explosion of successful urban charter schools that are sending poor black children to college in droves. It’s how you teach them that determines their success. Give them a chance – DC Virgo should be a charter school.

  • Guest228 says:

    I didnt think Rand Paul would be on WWAY commenting but go figure..

  • Guest1022 says:

    Isn’t Boston where they had to have the police guard the school buses because people were attacking them and the students on them?

  • dj says:

    I think everyone in New Hanover County knows how such a hot topic this is. let’s face it, parents work hard to be able to buy a home in a descent nieghborhood and consider the school district in thier desicision.I think it’s great to have nieghborhood schools. If the lower income families want to go to the best schools, then let thier parents get out and get an education and find a descent job. Don’t blame us because of someone’s else’s ignorance.

  • Guest461 says:

    Yeah..well, Obama won the Pulitzer Prize too, remember? Sort of gives us all a good inclination as to what these “Prestigious Awards” are all about right?

    I call HorseHooie!

  • Guest228 says:

    Since Ms. Cavanaugh wants to call out Ms. Redenbaugh on why her students dont attend public schools, then lets call out Ms. Cavanaugh..when was the last time any of the board members been to DC Virgo, Williston or Holly Shelter..these people make these decisions on poverty stricken children but yet when was the last time their “cadillac” was parked in the school parking lot and they visited the have your own stones to throw Ms. Cavanaugh..WWAY, if you can keep up with the attendance records of NHC Commission, why cant you keep up with interaction of these board members in visiting the ACTUAL schools..sounds like they dont want to get their little white hands dirty..

  • Guest228 says:

    I dont know where you have been living but if I was in Boston, MA for receiving an award for bringing issue to the segregation in our public school system, the last thing I would want to bring up is how great NHC is..hence, the reason she is receiving the award is because it spotlights how ignorant and small minded this second smallest county in NC is..she would look like a hypocrite in exclaiming how we as a close knit community are so diverse yet we celebrate and welcome neigborhood schools or that we have an azalea festival every year that spotlights good ole southern confederacy..get a life lady!! In case you happen to notice, but wilmington is not a place where the youth are staying and bringing a family older people dont want change and refuse to let go of your “southern” ways..

  • Guest99x says:

    According to this document New Hanover County is the ninth largest in population in this state.

    In terms of a school population actually served, we, New Hanover County are in the top ten. Ms. Redenbaugh isn’t at the bottom of a “political food chain” because of the geographic size of our county, she is at the bottom because she represents political and social engineering methods which have been proven to not work.

    Ms. Redenbaugh’s actions are repugnant for these principal reasons:

    Hypocracy–she mandates forced busing on her community while exempting her own children from it. A text book example of “do as I say, not as I do country club liberalism.

    She demeaned the constituency she was sworn to serve.

    She jeopardized the receipt of funding from the State of NC based on her unfounded political accusations.

    At a minimum she should apologize to the people of New Hanover County.

  • Guest1984 says:

    How sad that an award for courage goes to a real coward. Her phoniness on issues of inner city schools is blatent. Good for others but not her kids. She and davis represent what is wrong with some republicans- they stand for themselves-Davis for his actions with airlie gardens, taxes and titan and Redenbaugh for her polarizing influence in our community. She sought to exploit race not unite people. They are both pathetic.

  • Guest228 says:

    She was talking about the size of New hanover County, not the population

  • GuestLee says:

    Better to be ignorant and small minded than a bigot like you. You must make a lot of people miserable.

    The reason us “older people don’t want change and refuse to let go” of our southern ways is because if you’re what change and non-southern ways are all about, no thanks!

    You sound young….hope you take your own advice and MOVE since “Wilmington is not a place where the youth are staying and bringing up a family”. People like you is one of the main reasons that Wilmington is going downhill.

  • wooduck says:

    thanks to all the self-less, devoted teachers who love and nurture our precious children. esp to those @ snipes, virgo and other schools extremely challenged by “haterville agendas”. instead of the boe on the bottom, though, i’m afraid that rung is occupied by our children.

  • Guest411 says:

    If her children attend private schools, why is she a member of the NHCBOE? If the decisions she helps to make have no effect on her family, she should no be allowed to make decisions that effect other people’s children.

  • Guest99x says:

    Gee, another left-wing hissy fit! So perfect in form. Your argument is unwinnable by persuasion, so you turn to insult and invective. Just because we in New Hanover County have rejected your brand of social engineering by the election of a conservative BOE doesn’t make us backward and ignorant.

    If you and Ms. Redenbaugh REALLY believe in your cause, get to work and find support. Oh, sorry for suggesting this, you are better than the rest of us. Start campaigning, stop pontificating…

  • Guest228 says:

    anymore, dosent mean it dont exist..and for you to state that they are no longer “needed” just affirms that you are a member..

    you are right about busing kids to holly shelter will only hurt the town business but the agenda of the BOE has always to put all the black/poverty kids in Holly Shelter and Williston..leaving Virgo open another year from last year decision only try to convince people that segregation wasnt the BOE intentions..but in fact it has only confirmed that being sneaky with the BOE delay plans shows why NHC was called out and Ms. Redenbaugh was given the award..Keep fighting for our children Ms. Redenbaugh!!

  • Guestsnc says:

    Didn’t neighborhood schools policy become the NHC Schools policy? Why all these posts then, if those who supported it are the “winners”? Ms. Redenbaugh’s position lost — or did it?

    Would be great to copy and share with every child in New Hanover County Schools — each of these posts. Suburban children and inner city children. Let them read how their “elders” talk about them, about their elected officials, about their parents, schools, teachers and community.

    The teachers in each class can use these posts to cover math, history, psychology, reading, language arts and social studies. Will they learn about love?

    Better yet, send all these posts to the local places of worship and use it to frame the next sermon or lesson.

    Keep them coming! You only show others what you’re made of.

  • ebf says:

    Um, that was the NOBEL Prize.

  • Guest0516 says:

    “I don’t understand a Profile in Courage award for a board member who won’t even send her own children to inner city schools,” Cavenaugh told the StarNews last month. “Ms. Redenbaugh espouses one position but does not abide by her own position… When the computerized map based on the Wake County diversity model sent her neighborhood to an inner city school. She vigorously opposed that move. That to me is not a profile in courage.”

    Has the uber-earnest Ms. Redenbaugh addressed this little nugget?

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    When are you going to realize that slavery, the Klan, Jim Crow, they’re ALL in the ancient past, and can’t be used as an excuse for failure any more?

    How is it possible that we have a Black president? A Black Associate Justice of the Supreme Court? Two former Black Secretaries of State? More Black millionaires than ever before?

    I’ll tell you how – Black people by the millions have awakened and realized that the government will give you just enough to KEEP you in the ghetto, and nothing more. If you want to make something of yourself or see your children succeed, get off your rear and get OUT of that swinepit that exists between 17th and 5th.

    You want your kids to go to better schools? Move to better neighborhoods.

    Your worst enemy isn’t the Klan, it’s your self-defeating, victimized, “woe-is-me” mentality. You THINK you can’t succeed and you then never fail to achieve that very simple goal.

    Some day you may realize that people like Ms. Redenbaugh do nothing but forge invisible chains of dependence that are just as enslaving as the real ones were.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    Love isn’t a subject for school, Sweetpea. That’s supposed to be taught at home and in church.

    School prepares you for working in real life, where it’s ALWAYS survival of the fittest.

  • Brock says:

    It helps if you compare boundaries uniformly. You included all the water in NHC (199 sq mi land, 129 sq mi water). If you want to include total boundaries for NYC it actually embodies about 468.9 square miles, while its metropolitan area is close to 6,720 square miles.

  • Brock says:

    I don’t even know what a real Republican is these days. According to the Tea Party they are the real republicans and had to fracture off to become a more pure entity of conservative bastionhood. Its sad that the Republican party is polarized towards partisanship that they can’t even recognize the spectrums from left-wing to left-leaning.

    So far all I’ve been able to figure out is that Republicans like guns, God, and money. They want government out of their affairs, unless it comes to a woman’s private right to abortion and a homosexual’s right to marriage.

  • Guestsnc says:

    Love is at the heart of good teaching and what makes great teachers! A teacher can have strong command of their subject but students (and parents) will quickly realize that they are not passionate about teaching, and love what they’re doing. The very best teachers can connect with any student regardless of income, culture, learning abilities, etc. They obviously need support — the more the better. Even without a lot of it, teachers can still do amazing things!

    And good schooling teaches love (I believe). It teaches love of learning, love of community and its institutions, love of country, and love of self. If it was not so important why would there be so many posts here? I mentioned sharing these online posts with students because they really are full of examples that can be applied to math, reading and language arts, history, public service, and respect for others. Not to mention, the impact of technology (internet posting) upon the type of comments people are willing to make about others.

    Back to my earlier question: If neighborhood school position won, without Ms. Redenbaugh’s support, why all of these messages?

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    It’s because I, for one, despise you liberals and wish you’d all be taken away in some kind of anti-rapture. (In other words, the direction you’d be going in wouldn’t be “up.”)

    Liberals only want to take, take, take from the productive members of society. The only difference between a mugger on the street corner and your average liberal is that the mugger is honest enough to admit what he is.

  • Guestsnc says:


    The NC curriculum includes social studies which focuses upon I believe the structure of our government and community — teaching students the foundations of our democratic society. With that teaching, wouldn’t we hope that our young people would love their country and want to support its laws, and defend it through military service if they are led to do so?

    Hopefully through school our students would learn to love as well as value, education and learning.

    Again, back to the other question — the neighborhood schools policy is the stated policy of NHC Public Schools. The policy is in force. Why so many postings with what seem to be negative tones?

  • GuestYt says:

    All she needs is a big red nose to go with that clown head. Stop joking with everyone Redenbaugh. Tell the truth about the dropout rate. Put up or shut up with the documents you say you have.

  • Guest99x says:

    Well, Brock, ya’ caught me red handed! At least I don’t hold elected office…

  • Guestsnc says:

    Fortunately, we live in a country where everyone can express themselves on just about anything. Even better, the internet/new technology “frees” people up to say things that are truly in their heart!

  • GuestUy says:

    Redenbaugh is a Democrat trying to say she is a Republican. Shame on you Redenbaugh! Step down from the BOE!

  • r-dawg says:

    Go back to Boston and take her with you. New Hanover County did great without you and without Redenbaugh on the BOE. Maybe now they will get rid of your job for commenting!

  • GuestRet says:

    Nick Rhodes, is this your post?

  • Guest5555555555555555555555555 says:

    I am glad they brought the light out on Elizabeth Redenbaugh, cause I am in favor of neighborhood schools. I know now who not to vote for. I usually try to research just week or 2 before I vote to see if I want to vote for that person or not. Remember its only registered county voters who can vote. Thanks again WWAY for bringing out what the politician voted and stands for.

  • Guest228 says:

    through your symbolic white hoods!!!


  • Guestsnc says:

    Going back and forth with you, “Commonsense” has been fun (but also kind of sad). It hasn’t really been “fair” because I’ve been using my “shiny object” syndrome approach in responding to your very interesting posts. But, by doing that it has allowed you to truly demonstrate the depths of your inability to clearly and rationally articulate your position (my opinion, of course)!

    Believe me, I’m smiling as I write this! It’s “been real” but now I gotta go.

    Best wishes to you and yours (and that I sincerely mean)!

  • Rachel Holdridge says:

    I will keep this brief, as I could go on and on. I moved to New Hanover County, from Boston MA, four years ago. The angry, selfish, ignorant, and scared posters do not represent the great people that I have met here. They represent the group that I worried about meeting. Thankfully my coworkers at DC Virgo, friends and family do not represent the aforementioned. I was thrilled that she was recognized with such a prestigious award. I thank her for fighting for all children. With fairness and equality, everybody wins.

  • Guest99x says:

    The relevant fact here is the number of people served in New Hanover County, NOT its geographical size. The total size of the City of New York is only 301 square miles. New Hanover County, North Carolina is 328 square miles.

  • guesty says:

    Our son was changed from Myrtle Grove to Willison while there is still a chunk of downtown that is bussed to Myrtle Grove. We don’t live downtown but that is where our son’s “neighborhood” school.

  • Don Britt says:

    The headline and much of the quote from Ms.Mckan is just wrong. Ms. Redenbaugh was being self deprecating ( tending to undervalue one’s self or one’s abilities, often in a humorous way), not criticizing our board or our county. She was saying I feel humbled to be up here with a man who helped start the Egyptian revolution much less all the prior President’s, statesmen and other notables who have won the award. The headline should be withdrawn.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    Yeah….busing was SUCH a success up there, wasn’t it? You actually had riots. There’s a Pulitzer Prize winning photo from the Boston Busing Riots.

    Okay, so now that you’ve “met us” and we have you worried, any chance you’ll move back to Boston? God knows we have enough guilt-ridden liberal saps down here already.

  • Guestu says:

    I though Common was pro-corporation, not for the working class.

  • guesty says:

    My family doesn’t live in public housing, we are not close to downtown but due to the redistricting lines that were drawn last year our son was moved from Myrtle Grove Middle to Williston Middle. So just because you live in a good area doesn’t always mean your child will go to a suburban school. We think the school board figured if they could move some honor roll kids to the hood, their study skills would rub off. Doesn’t work that way. You can’t make somebody care or even try if they don’t want to. We fought the school board and lost. Appealed the decision and lost again. Tried to get him into Myrtle Grove Christian but they were full.

  • Guest84 says:

    I’m pretty sure that most of you have taken this way out of context. What she was referring to is that she is just a small fish in a little pond. And yes, NHC is at the bottom of the political ladder in NC.

    How would you expect her to talk up the crooked members of the NHC School Board? These are people that are willing to ruin suburban schools by sending the trash from the inner city there. Neighborhood schools are the way to go and here’s why:

    Suburban schools are working. Inner city schools are not. What creates the disadvantage in inner city school? The inner city population. You can’t have success in inner city school until you get the entire inner city community involved. Have you stepped on Dawson street lately? These people can’t get out a coherent sentence in proper English. Their slang is unfortunate and it’s NOT the teacher’s fault. It’s their parents. It’s their neighborhood. It’s because there are so few role models for these young blacks to look up to.

    Underperforming schools need to be turned into intellectual boot camps. Schools in general need to be Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. Parents need to be held accountable for their students actions and grades. It takes a village to raise a kid, but the family is the most important part of that village.

    I hope that one day we need to look up in history books what the “n-word” means because no one uses it anymore. But currently, it is used to describe the uneducated crime ridden youth of the inner city.

    How about we administer drug tests before we hand out welfare? Cut back those who can be on it? Use federal money that was spent on foreign wars on paying our teachers more, and keeping schools open longer?

    Oh, and no she didn’t deserve the award, but I’m glad at least someone is standing up for what believe in instead of going along with what is politically correct.

    How about we all get our heads out of our….and start focusing on the problem (the students and families) instead of putting a band aid on the issue by busing their failing students to already successful schools. You will only bring the suburban schools down by doing this incorrectly.

  • Guestmom says:

    you see I am in the minority, here–a caucasian woman who lives paycheck to paycheck, making sure that we don’t have to use any more government assistance than necessary. I have 3 kids in the public school system and I had to fight to keep my kids in the neighborhood schools vs. have them bussed to the inner city schools.

    Why in the world does anyone think that taking kids out of their comfort zone works? Unless the parents (read: mother)are involved then the kids are doomed to fail. How can a parent with no car, for example, cross the county to go to school functions? School meetings on the progress or lack thereof of the child(ren)? And please tell me how people that don’t live in the socio-economic area of the inner city schools feel at ease going to evening events there?

    It’s no wonder there are so many parents home-schooling. I don’t think is truly a viable option for me, teachers are trained to teach. However, if you don’t feel comfortable with where your child is assigned, that’s your option as trying to do what you feel is right for your child in this school district is near impossible.

  • Out with liberals says:

    Those were the working class black families. The ones who want free housing can’t move out there because there are not any projects out there. Free housing should be for ones who are disabled, elderly, etc. NOT the capable of working class. Force people to get out and work. You can’t even get people to work on farms anymore because they can receive more from the government. Thats BS.
    America needs CHANGE. The projects have bred votes to support a downfalling America.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    I am for the rights of the productive individuals and entities in society to avoid being forced to surrender what is rightfully theirs to support the lazy, the ignorant, and those who mismanage their lives.

    The “working class,” for example, has no “right” to cheap gasoline when oil and gasoline are expensive. That would impinge upon the rights of the current owners of that gasoline, who have a right to set pricing based upon market demand.

    The permanent underclass the Democrats established in this country have no “right” to enjoy a great lifestyle at the expense of working class taxpayers paying for it.

    See? Common basically detests forced wealth redistribution in all forms.

  • guesty says:

    That doesn’t always work, the school board can draw new district lines based on feel good programs. They did it last year where it was decided to send children from the suburbs to Williston while sending children from downtown out to Myrtle Grove. These kids get to pass in opposite directions instead of going to the school closest to them. We challenged the decision with the school board and lost. We appealed that decision and lost. We tried to get into Myrtle Grove Christian but they were full.

  • Challengetheworld says:

    I am so disappointed with the running of the Public School system in the area that I will not send my children to public school in North Carolina EVER. The teachers are drastically underpaid, however, thats not the only problem. There are many many more. It seems that the appropriation of funding is as backwards as possible, recently, they can’t decide whether to open or close some schools and lowering UNCW requirements for local students!?!?! Are you joking? This is a discrace to the three greater counties as well as North Carolina’s Higher and Lower Education systems.

    If you take a child who has little to no parenting, putting them in a school with children of active parenting will not change anything, infact, it will probably make things worse for everyone. The only viable solution is Charter Schools in lower-income neighborhoods. If the parents are not going to take an active role, the only chance is to run these things like a Military Academy. Uniform the kids, keep them from having too much free time, teach them respect and completely dispel the public school teaching methods. They will not work for everyone; this is clear. If every child grew up to be a doctor a lawyer or multi-billion dollar entrepenuer we wouldn’t have the need for a school board.

    This also has nothing to do with race. If we moved the discussion to poor-white neighborhoods the problem would remain the same. Either we are going to educate the children traditionally, and fail OR we can try a different approach by demanding higher standards.

    Before anything positive can happen, you need an entirely new, progressive school board who is willing to throw the book out the window and try something with some more discipline.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    Just as I have a right to state that her opinion is a bunch of bovine droppings, that there is no discrimination in the school system, and that placing inner-city Blacks on buses to suburbia will NOT cure what ails the Black community.

    If you want your kids to go to suburban schools, get out of the war zone and move out to suburbia, as many Blacks families have done.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    to speak out qualified her for the award, when do Commonsence & I get ours?

    We’ve been speaking out for the rights of the new minority, the working class. We’ve been speaking out for another minority, taxpayers.

    Research has shown, busing “underpriviledged” children has not improved their educational success. Why, you ask. In the majority of cases, the parents remain on the sidelines and do not take an active part in the child’s educational process. They do not hold the child accountable for misbehaviour. Their concern commences when the child is suspended or expelled and they suddenly have to provide day care for the youhtful miscreant who has no respect for the rights of others. Of course, that assumes one knows who both parents are.

  • Guest342 says:

    Maybe you should get to know her, or are you related to her? She is a wolf in sheeps clothing. If you look in to all the problems she has called, you would feel the same as everyone on here.

  • Brock says:

    Going out on a limb here, but you went to the white schools didn’t you?

  • Guest345444 says:

    Yes, he probably did, and he should feel bad about that right? He should feel guilty every day of his life for being white and growing up in a time of segregation.

  • Brock says:

    Never said anything about white guilt. Merely said his cheery blissful memories of the days when blacks were kept seperate were skewed because he was on the white side. If anything, he should feel guilt for wanting it back that way, where equality was a fraction rather than a whole. I mean he could have taken it a step further and recalled how nice it was when all the Asians were rounded up in nice little summer camps where they could get along better without the rest of us. Nice attempt at deflecting the blatant alienist and racist tendencies though. I certainly would never want to hitch my wagon to that post.

  • Guest88 says:

    I bet if conservatives had an award like this one they would love to give it to this guy.

  • Brock says:

    Nice post, you showed off your ignorance and party lines well. My quetion for Jan is “Where are you going to get these new teachers from?” Every year it becomes harder to become a teacher and seemingly fewer enter the profession. There’s been a shortage for decades on math, science, and special education teachers. The people that paint our schools make more than the new teachers. What incentive is there to draw in new teachers, who is going to do it for what we’re willing to pay and for the amount of education it demands?

    More importantly, how are you going to stop the good teachers from going to the nicer schools once they get in our system? The least attractive jobs are where we need the most educated teachers, but there is no incentive or draw for our long standing teachers to go into the worst classrooms we have to offer.

    That is the problem. The good teachers end up at the good schools where the incentives are higher and the students are easier to teach. Meanwhile the not so good teachers and new ones end up at the lesser schools where the divide between quality education continually grows. Unfortunately as the education divide grows so does the wealth divide.

  • Teacher says:

    This was an excellent post. It spoke the truth. I have been teaching for many years and we have kids that came from some of the slumiest environments who have achieved excellence. They worked for it. On the other hand, we have kids who want hand outs. Their parents are welfare recipients and they think their children’s education is another form of welfare. Wrong! No one ever gave me anything except God, who gave me his son. I worked for everything I ever received, including my education. I attended college for the profession of teaching and none of my 4 degrees say “babysitting”.
    Many of you who are sitting on the computer jaw jacking are here because you’re on welfare and have nothing to do but sit on the computer and play while waiting on your next handout. Why don’t you spend some of your welfare time helping out in the public schools.

  • Jan Q Public says:

    Brock, you missed the point of my post…or maybe I did not word it simply enough…I am not blaming the teachers, I dont think that the end of year tests are a good measure for the teacher’s ability…but there are people out there that should not be teaching, it takes a special insight to get through to the kids….those teachers need the help, and as far as tacher pay, I agree the state needs to step up to the plate…as far as keeping teachers in the lower performing schools, I suggest they get (for a lack of a better word) “hazard pay”…..more tudors….flex schedules….anything

    The root of the problem is parental envolvement, and lack of accountability. If the parents do not care about there children enough to help with homeowrk and be a part of their lives, and hold their children accountable for misbehavior…then the children of the parents who do should not be condemed. If you look at the test scores for the area schools, yes studeents who are bussed performed a little higher at a “better” school, but they are still not up to par. The school does not make a difference, it is the willingness of the students to work, and the conviction of the parents to force the children to study and demand good marks. Until we as a society stand up and say we are no longer holding your hand, you need to do your part and not expect and education to magically appear..then these students will contuine to be left behind.

    I do not mind my taxes going to help someone get out of a bad situation, but I do not like for my taxes to develop into a way of life…I expect people to help themselves as well, want to achieve, get into college, and become productive memebers of society. But, that is a drving force found within and individual….the desire to want to be better

  • jane q public says:

    it has nothing to do with love or hate….it has to do with the fact that what she did….really did not take any courage….she went along with the PC nation…everyone is scared to say, hey why are these students failing? all tax dollars should be allocated as needed to each school….are these teachers in the lower performing schools not up to par….it would take more courage to say to the parents and poor performing students..”hey you have got to WORK at an takes studying, helping with homework, and being a part of eachother lives” do not get a better education by being in a “better” school, you get it by hard work. And if the teachers are not living up to state standards, they need to either get retrained or fired…..everyone wants to say it is someone elses fault…well it is not, people come from poor conditions all the time and acheive greatness, but they were not lazy, they worked at it. she did not exihibit courage….all she did was enable people to feel entitiled and blame someone else for their failures

  • Guest6858 says:

    Kudos to you Jane Q……

  • Guest1234567 says:

    Perhaps it was the person that nominated her. She is full of herself and bull.

  • Guest1234567 says:

    Perfect, you should be on the school board.

  • Guest777777 says:

    Can someone tell me one thing that’s wrong with segregation? Don’t offer up the “emotions” and “feelings” response either. This is one reason why I don’t have kids. I don’t want somebody’s skewed vision of how things should be cast upon me or my offspring in the name of equality.

  • Guest81 says:

    There is more right about segregation than is wrong with it. I went to school in the 50s and 60s before they were integrated. The blacks had their own schools, neighborhoods, restaurants, stores, churches and even their own taxicab service. The whites likewise. Everyone got along fine. Then somebody came up with the idea that what had worked for years did not cut it anymore. You see what has happened. Mixing different cultures is like trying to mix oil and water. It will always be that way. Mixing people or anything else that does not want to mix spells problems.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    Cherish it. It replaces the respect of the vast majority of people in your community.

  • Wade griffis says:

    I do not know this woman, do not have any desire to know her.

    It seems to me that she has the right to her opinion and the right to stand up for whatever she believes. Most of the posts seem like “piling on.”

    I do not have a dog in this fight. I do believe that she deserved her award for no other reason than she had the guts to speak out.

    Right or wrong, she put her name out there. How many actual names did posters use?

  • Guest6858 says:

    Did she go along with those who are now saying that reverse descrimination is wrong and we need to keep our kids in OUR neighborhood schools? Because THAT is what really takes courage in this politically correct climate today.

  • Guestsnc says:

    Since Ms. Redenbaugh’s award was announced several weeks ago, I’ve read some of the meanest, uncivil messages online ever. Please keep the messages coming! I definitely support your right to speak freely! For people around the nation and the world who are logging in to learn more about the people of New Hanover County your very mean-spirited posts are doing more to clarify just how much courage it has taken for Redenbaugh, DeShields, Rhodes, and many others to stand against what they believe to be bad education policy. Keep those messages coming! You are a reflection of what you produce. Love always wins — not hate.

  • Guest1118 says:

    This is not mean-spirited, this is the flat out truth. Ms. Redenbaugh ran as a Republican and said she was FOR neighborhood schools. After she was elected she immediately turned on the other GOP members of the school board. She then used the media to constantly denounce them and neighborhood schools. She even had the audacity to accuse one of the GOP school board members of “racism” when he emailed the other school board members an excellent column on education written by Dr. Walter Williams, a professor of economics at GMU. What the very IGNORANT Ms. Redenbaugh didn’t realize is that Dr. Williams is BLACK. This came to light when the RINO Redenbaugh was interviewed on the radio after the incident.

    She is a trouble maker, a pot-stirrer and a fraud as an elected official. If she had run as the liberal dem that she is I would have no beef with her but she misrepresented herself to the public to win the election in 2008.

  • Guest122 says:

    Is misrepresenting one’s self the same as lying?

  • Guest432 says:

    This award was a joke just like she claims to be a republican. Next election you will see her switch parties because nobody on the republican party will vote her back.She probably nominated herself or had Rhodes to nominate her. Those two were always trying to make the rest of the BOE look bad, and this would be one way. From what I can tell, Redenbaugh is in favor of neighborhood schools now and I think she should return the award. She is such a two-faced human. Redenbaugh, give it up, nobody likes you. You were more interested in this award than the kids of New Hanover County.

  • GuestTry says:

    Biggest Joke I Ever Saw!

  • Guestsnc says:

    Thanks for some of the more recent posts — honest people can disagree without being ugly. For those still on the ugly page, “Keep those emails coming”! They say much more about you and why Redenbaugh is considered courageous.

    What is a “neighborhood” and who determines that? Does NHC have only one middle school left in the city of Wilmington (now that the Board has voted to close Virgo Middle for one year — maybe longer?) What will be the “bus time” for youngsters who live downtown whose parents must send them to a middle school not in the downtown area? How did the new redistricting plan significantly ease/alleviate overcrowding at the other middle schools?

    I have volunteered in, and visited schools all over our county. I have worked with young people at Virgo and it was a joy. Unfortunately the physical appearance of the school was somewhat disappointing — it didn’t seem that NHC Schools had maintained its buildings. Inside, the technology appeared old and outdated (computers). When visiting Murray Middle and Myrtle Grove Middle these conditions do not appear to exist. Cannot speak for Williston Middle; have not visited recently.

    Love always wins.

  • thegiant says:

    remember to vote,
    bottom of the food chain ?
    oh, yeah, she is an attorney …..
    i will spend every extra minute i have devoted to making sure she is not re- elected

  • R-dawg says:

    They must just give this award away to anybody! For them to give this award to Redenbaugh, for nothing important, they either had a bunch of leftover awards or they just give them out. I need an award for getting off my butt and working instead of waiting for a hand out. Anybody want to nominate me? Perhaps Redenbaugh or her buddy Rhodes will nominate me. Get real Kennedy, if any body needs an award it’s the soldiers fighting for our freedom, not someone that is against the people that she is suppose to be working for. Lastly, I have lost all respect for Ms. Kennedy, she only knows the story that someone told her and not all sides. Redenbaugh change parties, the Republicans don’t want you anymore!

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