Here's a taste of what you can expect from Richard Kahlenberg at Saturday's Great Schools in Wake Coalition forum.
In a March 1 post on the left-leaning Century Foundation blog, Kahlenberg bemoans the changes being proposed by the new Wake County school board majority to end the socioeconomic diversity policy. Like local critics of the new board, Kahlenberg says Wake "is a victim of its own success" from growth and how a small percentage of voters were able to change the board's direction.
"The political debate in Wake County isn’t over yet," writes Kahlenberg, who has extensively researched socioeconomic diversity. "Supporters of the diversity policy — teachers, civil rights advocates, business leaders, and white parents who like magnet schools — are fighting back. An important forum is slated for mid-March to discuss the diversity policy."