The next step toward building public support for Wake County's new student assignment plan kicks off tonight with the first of six informational meetings that will be held over the next two two weeks.
During the meetings, the student assignment task force will give an update on the choice-based plan and also answer questions from the public. Tonight's meeting is at Middle Creek High School, followed by Thursday at Wakefield High, Sept. 7 at Apex High, Sept. 8 at Southeast Raleigh High, Sept. 13 at Broughton High and Sept. 15 at East Wake High. All run from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
The meetings were initially announced on Monday with the district revising the meeting dates and locations yesterday. The short notice for the meetings prompted a Monday blog post from Bob Geary of the liberal Independent weekly asking "what's the rush?"
Superintendent Tony Tata had said last month he would hold staff-led meetings sometime in September. The school board is also expected to hold meetings at some point.
(I'm still getting caught up on things today so please be patient.)
Fewer than 50 people showed up tonight at Middle Creek High. The questions from the audience, along with answers, will eventually be posted online by the district.