Capitol Broadcasting CEO Jim Goodmon, former school board member Tom Oxholm and several university professors are among the speakers at next month's Great Schools in Wake Coalition fall forum.
Not surprisingly, the GSIW forum will support the group's position that maintaining socioeconomic diversity in student assignment in Wake County's schools would be a good thing. The title of the forum, "Costs and Consequences: What’s at Stake for Wake," sums up GSIW's perspective.
In a press advisory today, GSIW touts how the forum will "will allow citizens to learn more about the economic impact of Wake County School Board policy changes on the health and prosperity of our local economy."
One of the forum topics will be a comparison between Wake and Charlotte schools. An event flier proclaims "they're not telling you about the extra $60 million dollars it's going to cost you - every year" to match Charlotte's local funding.
The $60 million gap is outdated because Charlotte's local funding has been cut sharply in recent years because of the economic situation. Wake is actually getting more county funding now than Charlotte. Wake is getting $313.5 million this year while CMS is getting $302.3 million.
Other forum topics will include the benefits of balanced schools and the challenges of getting teachers to work in high-poverty schools.
The forum will run on Oct. 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at N.C. State's McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman Street in Raleigh. It's free and open to the public. Click here to register.