Take Back Our Schools-GCS, which has endorsed a slate of four Republican candidates for the Guilford County Board of Education, has raised the ire of the leadership of the Guilford County Board of Education.
Take Back Our Schools endorsed At-large candidate Demetria Carter, District 2 candidate Crissy Pratt, District 4 candidate District 4 Guilford County Board of Education member Linda Welborn and District 6 candidate Tim Andrew.
The four Republican candidates are running for the school board as The New Vision, New Direction team.
As a result of those endorsements and other campaign activity by Take Back Our Schools-GCS, Chair of the Guilford County Board of Education Deena Hayes and Vice Chair Winston McGregor signed a letter sent to the chairman of the North Carolina Board of Elections “to request an immediate investigation into the activities of an organization called Take Back Our Schools (TBOS) that filed with the Secretary of State’s office in August 2021 as a 501c(3) charitable organization.”
The letter also states, “We call on you to act immediately with all appropriate authority to end their illegal activities.”
Take Back Our Schools-GCS is, however, not a 501c(3). According to documentation provided to the Rhino Times, Take Back Our Schools-GCS files with the IRS as a 501c(4) which is permitted to participate in political activities as long as those activities do not account for more than 49 percent of its budget.
Whether an organization is a 501c(3) or 501c(4) is an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) designation. Contributions to a 501c(3) are tax deductible and contributions to a 501c(4) are not, and 501c(3) organizations are not allowed to participate in political activity. But since Take Back Our Schools-GCS is a 501c(4) that prohibition does not apply.
Gene Parker, Take Back Our Schools-GCS treasurer, stated that he simply checked the wrong box on the filing with the North Carolina secretary of state, but since the 501c(3) or 501c(4) designation was federal and not state, checking the wrong box had no effect on the IRS designation of the organization.
The North Carolina Board of Elections has no authority over federal tax filing status.
Hayes, who is on the ballot as “Deena Hayes-Green,” is running unopposed for reelection as the District 8 Guilford County Board of Education member. McGregor is not running for reelection.
Guess they love that power and authority. Maybe Hayes is worried about not get her kickbacks.
This is why we need to get rid of the idiots such as Deena Hayes Green. Obviously this was a ploy to undermine the endorsements of people who are actually qualified to sit on the school board. Green and McGregor should remember, before you jump off the cliff, you better have all the facts about what is under the water.
Current School Board does not like being challenged. Tells you all you need to know about the current make up
This is so embarrassing for Take Back Our Schools
Maybe they should have filled out their paperwork properly
The only way to marginalize these little Hitlers is to fundamentally reform the system, preferably by introducing universal vouchers for education, which could be redeemed at ANY school of the parents’ choosing.
The grossly incompetent government schools would disappear very quickly (and people like Hayes & McGregor know it).
They cannot allow ANY competition. And our children suffer.
Allowing school vouchers to students would never happen in NC due to politics of the entrenched bureaucracy in Raleigh.
This is how you know you are on to something…when the people being exposed are trying to hem you up over a clerical error that was remedied almost immediately…Keep up the good work TBOS and expose the rot in GCS…