Supporters of Wake County's old diversity policy are paying people to attend a parent advocacy retreat next week that will include a workshop on civil disobedience.
Stipends are being offered by Wake Education Advocates to encourage attendance at the free retreat. The retreat is open to everyone but priority is being given to get parents of low-income minority children to attend.
"Low-income children and children of color in Wake County face tremendous challenges, including increasingly segregated schools, achievement gaps, and high suspension rates," according to the website for the retreat. "Their parents can and should be their greatest advocates."
According to a flier for the event, information sessions will include topics such as student diversity, achievement gaps, school suspension, special education and the history of education in Wake County.
Skill-building workshops will include media and messaging, lobbying, public speaking and organizing and coalition building. Another workshop will be on direct action, which the flier explains includes civil disobedience, protesting and marching.
Among the groups that will be speaking to the parents is NC HEAT, the youth advocacy group.
The deadline for getting a stipend was extended to Friday. Click here to register for the retreat, which will be held Sept. 18-19 at the Falls Lake State Recreation Area in Wake Forest.