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Locke Foundation hosting discussion on Wake school diversity controversy

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You might want to pencil into your schedule what could be an interesting discussion on Tuesday about the Wake County school diversity controversy.

The John Locke Foundation and the Campbell Law School Federalist Society have invited two nationally known speakers  for a lunchtime discussion on "Neighborhood Schools, Diversity, and the Wake County Controversy." It's at 11:45 a.m. at Campbell University Law School, 225 Hillsborough St. in downtown Raleigh.

One of the speakers is pretty well known in Wake. Richard Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the progressive Century Foundation, will presumably be making his pitch for socioeconomic integration of schools.

On the other side will be Abigail Thernstrom, the vice chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and an adjunct scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.

Thernstrom submitted an amicus brief in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle, challenging the constitutionality of Seattle's racial balancing plan. That's the U.S. Supreme Court case that in 2007 led to restrictions on the use of race in student assignment.

Tuesday's event is free and open to the public. But you are asked to register in advance.


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Hope Supt. Tata has this on

Hope Supt. Tata has this on his schedule.  Seeing these two speakers go toe-to-toe should be very informative.

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T. Keung Hui covers Wake schools.