It looks like the closing chapter of the Wake County school board protests could begin on Friday.
As many as 19 of the 30 people arrested for protesting at school board meetings in 2010 are expected to enter guilty pleas under the first-offender program. Among the group who will plead guilty are the Rev. Nancy Petty and Tim Tyson.
I don't know whether the Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP, will be entering a guilty plea.
Unless the judge says no, the protesters would plead guilty and agree to perform a minimum number of hours of community service. If they perform the work within a specified time period, the charges would be dismissed. The protesters could then also ask to have the charges expunged from their records.