At the press conference, Wake NCAE "will invite invite parents, community leaders and school board members to celebrate American Education Week by joining educators at local schools during a PLT Wednesday session."
"Educators want to keep this important time to communicate, cooperate, and help ensure that all children's educational needs are met," according to the press release.
It's part of the lobbying effort to save the weekly dismissals, called "Wake Wednesdays" by supporters and "Wacky Wednesdays" by critics.
Supporters argue that dismissing students early to allow teachers to meet Wednesdays in professional learning teams "are an important part of helping Wake County students achieve academic success." Critics question the effectiveness of the PLTs and the scheduling problems it has created for families.
As noted in another post, Wake NCAE President Jennifer Lanane sent an e-mail message to her members urging them to lobby the new school board to keep Wake Wednesdays. She apologized for accusing the new board in that message of not caring about teachers and children.
Today's press conference speakers are Lanane, Wake PTA Council President Sarah Martin and Millbrook High Principal Dana King, who is also president of the school system's principal's division.
Both Lanane and Martin served on the committee that had recommended the Wednesday schedule changes to the school board. Martin was quoted in a Wake PTA Council press release in August that praised the weekly early dismissals.
Corrected information from Wake NCAE press release to say King is president of the school system's principal's division.