The majority of the agenda for today's meeting of the Wake County school board's economically disadvantaged student performance task force is slated to be on two subjects.
The task force will hear a presentation from school board member Keith Sutton about the achievement of African American male students. He's concerned about the low test scores and graduation rates for those students.
The task force is also hoping to finally get an idea of the placement numbers in middle school this year for pre-algebra and Algebra I. The group has been waiting for months since some members questioned whether the reported gains among minority students was as high as reported by staff.
The meeting starts at 4:30 p.m. at Ligon Middle School, 706 E. Lenoir Street in Raleigh. (I know I still haven't posted about the last ED task force meeting. I'll get to it as soon as I can.)
Click here to view the revised agenda for the meeting, which now also includes a discussion on long-term suspensions for students with disabilities.
I'll go into more detail later but things got heated tonight after Keith Sutton's presentation.
The ensuing Q&A largely turned into a debate over student assignment and the elimination of the diversity policy, with some shouting from the crowd at John Tedesco.