The Wake County school board's economically disadvantaged student performance task force will hold its first meeting this evening.
John Tedesco, the chairman of the task force, said the goal of the group is to see what the school system and community can do to help disadvantaged students. He said they need to build up "community will" to accomplish this task.
Tedesco said the school system can do some things like look at whether zero tolerance discipline policies need to be changed and if teachers need more cultural training.
But Tedesco said they'll also need to see what things the community can do to help such as promoting family involvement in education.
Tedesco said the task force hadn't met before because the board was busy with issues such as the budget and changes to the student assignment plan for this fall. He also said it took some time lining up the community and staff members of the task force.
The slow start for the task force had caused critics of the new board majority to question their commitment to helping low-income students.
Tonight's meeting will run from 6 to 8 p.m. The location hadn't been determined before I went on vacation.
Tedesco said the task force will likely meet during the last week of the month in the evenings.