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Looking at the groups who got invites for the Wake County superintendent search meetings

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So which groups got invitations to meet with McPherson & Jacboson, the firm that will hold meetings the next three days to get feedback on the Wake County school superintendent search?

The groups are broadly defined as the "business community, elected officials, parent leaders, African-American community, multicultural community, employee leadership and student leaders."

This list from the school system reveals some interesting names. These are the groups that the school system suggested should receive invites.

For instance, the business community list consists of the various local chambers of commerce.

The invite list for the African American community includes the Rev. Marion Robinson, pastor of St. Matthew AME Church; Marvin Pittman, a retired state education official who is a leader at Compassionate Tabernacle of Faith; and the Rev. Earl Johnson, pastor of Martin St. Baptist Church and president of the Raleigh-Wake Citizens Association.

The election officials list includes the local mayors, members of the Wake County Legislative Delegation and the Wake County commissioners.

The multi-cultural community list includes Wake Smart Start, the Mexican Consulate, Centro Para Familias Hispanas, the N.C. Hispanic Chamber and community activist Ricardo Perez.

Employee leadership includes Wake NCAE, the Division of Principals and Assistant Principals and the Superintendent's Leadership Team.

Parent leaders include the Wake PTA Council, the Superintendent's Parent Advisory Council and the Special Education Advisory Council.

The students leaders are the high school student council presidents.

Even though the invites were specifically sent to these groups, the meetings are open to the public. Click here for the schedule of meetings.

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Out of Stamps

Not surprising. I didn't see these folks at the school board session held to identify qualities desired in a superintendent after the resignation of former Superintendent Del Burns. If administration ran out of stamp money, I suspect that the Deltas, Zetas, AKAs, Kappas, Alphas, St. Aug and Shaw officials, Raleigh-Wake NAACP, Eastern Star, Masons, 5 funeral home owners, General Baptist State Convention and a kajillion mostly black churches would love to have been 'invited'.

No wonder the majority of black children are going back on the ultimate bussing schedule. Zero concern. Zero leadership. Back to play and pretend which numbers matter.

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T. Keung Hui covers Wake schools.
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