Seems, times aren't changing at all - money buys change and trumps reason again.
From the ISS report (each number is a link to supporting information):
Rank of Art Pope -- primary Civitas benefactor and director of Americans for Prosperity, the group behind the Tea Party anti-tax protests -- among individual contributors to the anti-diversity candidates' campaigns: 2
Rank of Robert Luddy, current chair of Civitas and operator of a chain of private and charter schools: 1
Year in which Luddy founded Thales Academy, a chain of private K-8 schools in Wake County:2007
Year in which the chain opened an academy in Apex, N.C., with current Wake School Board Chair Ron Margiotta serving as a trustee: 2008I sigh in Wake County's general direction.