The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the Wake Education Partnership will speak out Thursday about the draft student assignment map being reviewed by the Wake County school board's student assignment committee.
In a press release this afternoon, both groups said they'd "address issues related to a proposed student assignment plan for Wake County's public schools." They say they're holding the media briefing in response to the student assignment committee's request for input on the map.
Considering how both groups aren't exactly fans of the elimination of the diversity policy, the tone could be less than positive Thursday. Don't be surprised if they note the sharp demographic differences among the 16 zones.
Whether this is what school board chairman Ron Margiotta had in mind when he asked the Chamber last month to cooperate with the school board remains to be seen. He had urged them, among other things, to "give us the opportunity to prove that we can make it work."
The media briefing is at 10 a.m. at the Chamber's offices, 800 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh.