The state NAACP has just sent out a last-minute press release urging people to attend tonight's public meeting being held by federal civil rights investigators probing the Wake County school system.
In the press release, the Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP, says "this is an opportunity for OCR to hear directly from the community about the actions and statements of the right wing school board."
Here's the press release:
OCR to Conduct Public Hearing re Wake County Public Schools
Durham - As part of its investigation of complaints filed against the Wake County Public School System by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), NC HEAT, and others, staff with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is holding a meeting to hear from the community. They are interested in listening to the concerns and experiences of parents, students, and other members of the community related to the change in the District's student assignment policy and the District's discipline policies and/or procedures.
We encourage all concerned members of the community attend. Please also reach out to your neighbors, friends, and especially Wake County public school students and parents and bring them with you. This is an opportunity for OCR to hear directly from the community about the actions and statements of the right wing school board.
OCR Parent and Community Meeting
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Martin Street Baptist Church
1001 East Martin Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-1641