Supporters of the diversity policy are rallying around the flag on Thursday.
On Thursday night, the YWCA of the Greater Triangle, the ACLU of North Carolina and WakeUP Wake County will host a forum on educational equity that "will discuss the significance of the school board elections." While no endorsements will be made, don't be shocked if you hear about the consequences of abandoning the diversity policy.
Calla Wright, head of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children, will speak at the forum. It will come after she participates in a press conference earlier in the day with other groups to back school board candidates who support the diversity policy.
(I'm expecting to get details today on when and where the press conference will take place.)
Also occurring on Thursday is the annual meeting of the Wake Education Partnership. While the meeting will focus on the group's "Suspending Disbelief" report, it wouldn't be a surprise if the elections crop up.
Here's the press release for the Thursday night equity forum:
YWCA, ACLU to Hold Forum on Education Equity
Will discuss significance of school board elections
RALEIGH, N.C. (September 28, 2009) – Various organizations are joining forces with the YWCA Greater Triangle this week to make a significant impact on education in the community. On Thursday, October 1, the YWCA hosts a public issues forum: “Striving for Equality in Education,” in partnership with the ACLU North Carolina and WakeUP Wake County. The panel discussion takes place from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., and will focus on equity and diversity planning in the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS). This open public forum includes a question and answer session about the upcoming school board elections, and will feature frank discussions on critical issues such as the “school-to-prison pipeline,” racially biased disciplinary actions, the achievement gap, and more.
The YWCA, the ACLU of North Carolina, and WakeUP Wake County invite the community to join the discussion. Learn why these organizations support the WCPSS diversity plan and hear citizens voice their concerns on various subjects.
· Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch. He will discuss the importance of issues surrounding this election, particularly the current diversity policy; the role of the school board, and the Healthy Youth Act.
· Calla Wright, Coalition of Concerned Citizens of African-American Children. She will discuss the organization’s support for the diversity policy, and grassroots organizing and educational opportunities for parents.
· Rebecca Headen, ACLU North Carolina. She explains the pipeline-to-prison crisis, and how parents can be more involved in the public schools.
This free event is open to the public. Childcare and refreshments are provided.
· Date: Thursday, October 1
· Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
· Location: 554 East Hargett Street in downtown Raleigh
· Forum information: Crystal Hayes or Bridgette Burge; (919) 828-3205
The YWCA draws together women and men who strive to improve the social and economic conditions that affect girls, women and their families. Established locally in 1923, YWCA programs address disparities that still exist in health, education and economics to make life-changing differences for thousands of area families. These programs are represented through the YWCA’s four core initiatives: Women's Empowerment, Racial Justice, Youth Development, and Health and Wellness. As a private, non-profit organization, the YWCA is dedicated to promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people. http://www.ywcatriangle.org.