WakeEd (a N&O blog) is reporting that Wake County Commissioner Phil Jeffreys is voting against increased school funding because he wrongly thinks that the funding is going to illegal immigrants. From WakeEd:
In response to Superintendent Bill McNeal's request for a $28 million increase in funding from county commissioners for the district's operating budget, Jeffreys said on WPTF this morning that his answer is no. His rationale is that he says that 55 percent of Wake’s new students are Hispanic and 90 percent of them must be illegal.
Of course, 55% and 90% are wrong:
As we’ve mentioned before, the school district has found that only 12 percent of the new students this year are Hispanic. White kids made up the majority of the newcomers.
Phil Jeffreys is the man that WakePol calls the "most conservative member of the Wake County Commission". Luckily, Wake County residents will have an opportunity to oust Jeffreys in November when he is being opposed by social worker and community activist Lindy Brown. This is one seat on the board (currently 5-2 Republican) that we need to take back.