You can pencil in Jan. 12-14 for the days when the special review team from AdvancED will come to Raleigh to put the Wake County school system under the microscope.
Jennifer Oliver, a spokeswoman for Georgia-based AdvancED, said the January dates were agreed to in writing on Tuesday with Wake. While in town, the review team will meet with school officials and community groups.
About a month after the visit, the review team will issue a report. The question is whether the team will recommend stripping Wake's 24 high schools of accreditation, some lesser sanction or say that no action should be taken against the school district.
Wake could appeal any decision made by AdvancEd, including taking the group to court.
School board member Chris Malone said the review should be fine unless AdvancED attempts to dictate policy to the elected school board.
“If they tell us how to run the show, it’s beyond their purview,” Malone said. “It’s unconstitutional. It’s un-American.”
The review team will interview all nine school board members, interim Superintendent Donna Hargens and key members of her leadership team and various community leaders.
Oliver said they haven't determined which community members they'll meet with in small group sessions. She said the school system will suggest some names and that the NAACP may suggest people.
Oliver said the team, whose members haven't been determined yet, may also reach out to people it feels are important such as the leaders of the Chamber of Commerce.
(I probably should have said community leaders instead of community groups in the post.)