Here's the next step in the lead up to Tuesday's vote by the Wake County school board on the community schools assignment resolution.
This morning, the Great Schools in Wake Coalition will hold a press briefing to "provide the news media with a summary of findings, detailed research reports and direct access to a panel of researchers from Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill and NC State University."
"A significant body of research exists in support of current assignment policy, including the benefits of socioeconomically diverse schools," according to GSIW press release.
Today's panelists will be:
* Paul F. Bitting, Associate Professor of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the College of Education at North Carolina State University
* Kathleen M. Brown, Associate Professor and Chair of the Educational Leadership Area, UNC School of Education
* Helen F. Ladd, Edgar Thompson Professor of Public Policy Studies and Professor of Economics at Duke University.
The panelists are supposed to take questions from the media. Today's focus on the research behind socioeconomic diversity will be amplified at Saturday's forum at N.C. State's McKimmon Center.
Today's briefing is being held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh. This is the third location for the meeting. GSIW said the briefing was moved "in order to have sufficient space to accommodate our audience."
The briefing was originally supposed to be held at NC State's Friday Center for Educational Innovation. Then it was moved to the North Carolina Bar Association building.
The self-described "liberal religious congregation" at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has been actively fighting efforts to scrap the diversity policy.
Tom Rhodes, the minister of Unitarian Universalist, urged the school board at the March 2 meeting to withdraw the resolution.
"I can't believe that our community is well served by this resolution at this time," Rhodes told the board. "There are too many changes happening already and people on both sides of this issue are angry and upset. Now is not time to further fuel the flames."
Rhodes followed up it with a message to his congregation at the March 7 service. According to NBC 17, he told the congregation that it was a moral issue and a religious issue to support the diversity policy.