As noted in a recent article by Thomas Goldsmith, Commissioner Stan Norwalk successfully got a motion approved last week to explore bringing Kahlenberg in to make a presentation. Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, has been a strong supporter of Wake's diversity policy.
After last fall's school board election, Kahlenberg made a pitch for a controlled-choice diversity model in lieu of going to neighborhood schools.
Under Norwalk's motion, Kahlenberg would be paid with private monies and would speak to the board of commissioners and the school board, too, if that body wished.
Commissioner Paul Coble opposed the motion as designed only to counteract Sanders' presentation, which indicated that lower levels of black and Hispanic middle-school students took Algebra I than white middle-schoolers.
Tony Gurley, chairman of the board of commissioners, has used the SAS report to bolster claims that diversity efforts have failed to help low-income and minority students.