Here's a quick recap of today's press conference with Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata.
The the deadline for the online simulation of the blue plan has been extended from Monday until next Friday. Tata said he's gotten 10,260 responses but wants 12,000. Outreach events will be held Sunday and Monday in Southeast Raleigh and Eastern Wake, where the response has been lower than the rest of the county.
Tata has agreed to a request from the Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP, to meet with him about the new student assignment plan. But Tata is challenging Barber to tell him what the NAACP has done to help Wake recruit more minority teachers and principals and what the civil rights group has done to help the district do community outreach with parents.
Click here to view the letter Tata sent today to Barber.
Tuesday's board meeting agenda has Tata recommending that the bell schedules be changed for the 2011-12 school year to add in 25 more hours of instruction while also seeking a state waiver not to add in the five days. The state budget called for schools to add both five days and 25 hours.