Lots going on with Guilford County’s Say Yes to Education initiative.

For starters, very interesting choice for executive director —-Greensboro Assistant City Manager Mary Vigue, whose work experience is primarily in (you guessed it) city government, not education:

What stood out most about Vigue was “her appreciation for the mission and potential of Say Yes Guilford,” Chief Operating Officer Gene Chasin said in a news release. He also said Vigue’s experience as an administrator, her political saavy and her “demonstrated ability to bring disparate groups together” helped set her apart from the other candidates.

Interesting because in this counterpoint Greensboro resident David Colin notes that Say Yes operating officers are education administrators, aka the people who created the mess that is the education system.

Some might say that Vigue will bring fresh eyes to Say Guilford because she’s not an educarat—-she’s a bureaucrat.

Meanwhile, Sunday’s N&R had a big front-pager on Say Yes and undocumented high school students:

At first, Karla was excited about a new partnership between Guilford County and Say Yes to Education that would mean college scholarships for local students, starting with the class of 2016.

Then she began to wonder.

Would the scholarships really go to everyone, even students like her who are undocumented immigrants?

The short answer is no.

N&R really tugged at the old heartstrings here, describing undocumented students tearing up and falling into deep depression at the thought of not being able to afford college.