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Standing up against racism today

Will today's "Stand Against Racism" rally in downtown Raleigh turn into criticism of the Wake County school board majority's ending of the use of socioeconomic diversity in favor of community schools?

As noted in today's article by Thomas Goldsmith, several groups critical of the new school board majority are among the sponsors of the event that will take place at noon at Moore Square. It's a nationwide event so the Raleigh one wasn't formed just because of the changes going on here.

But with all the critics who've hurled terms such as resegregtionists and racists at the new board, would anyone be surprised if the Wake school fight comes up?


Groups demand more info on student achievement and diversity policy

The Coalition of Concerned Citizens of African American Children, the local NAACP and the YWCA of the Greater Triangle are demanding that the Wake County school system "provide accurate information as it relates to student performance and achievement that impact our present diversity policy."

In a press release Sunday, the groups say "they have requested a formal presentation by the Wake County Public Schools System to interpret recently completed research on student performance as it relates to diversity." The groups are trying to save the diversity policy.

In the meantime, the groups are holding a public forum Tuesday on Wake student achievement from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Martin Street Baptist Church's Johnson Building, 1001 E. Martin street in Raleigh. This meeting is taking place the same time as the community engagement meeting on school calendars at Leesville Road High School.

WakeUp Wake hosting school forum

WakeUp Wake County
and the YWCA of the Greater Triangle are teaming up to host a Wednesday forum for people who are concerned about the changes in the Wake County school system.

In a press release, the forum organizers say "participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the recent board transition and how it may impact schools and communities." School board member Keith Sutton will be present to answer questions.

Organizers say the discussion is expected to include:

Groups to discuss Wake school diversity policy

Supporters of the diversity policy are rallying around the flag on Thursday.

On Thursday night, the YWCA of the Greater Triangle, the ACLU of North Carolina and WakeUP Wake County will host a forum on educational equity that "will discuss the significance of the school board elections." While no endorsements will be made, don't be shocked if you hear about the consequences of abandoning the diversity policy.

Calla Wright, head of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children, will speak at the forum. It will come after she participates in a press conference earlier in the day with other groups to back school board candidates who support the diversity policy.

School board candidates' forum set for Sept. 16

Several local community groups announced that they have gotten together to sponsor a school board candidates' forum on Sept. 16.

In addition to the usual opening and closing statements, the candidates will be asked to respond to questions prepared by the sponsoring organizations. Questions will cover a range of issues including: policy, funding & budget, parental involvement, health & physical education and curriculum.

The sponsors are the the League of Women Voters of Wake County, the Junior League of Raleigh, the YWCA of the Greater Triangle, the Wake County PTA Council and El Pueblo.

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