Wake's diversity policy will get a lot of attention next week.
Three separate events will focus sympathetically on Wake's socioeconomic diversity efforts. The first will be Wednesday, when the Coalition of Concerned Citizens For African American Children holds a forum entitled "Understanding the Need for Socioeconomic and Racial Diversity."
"We call on citizens, parents, educators who care about the welfare of all students to please come out to the April 1st meeting in support of the WCPSS Diversity policy that is designed to provide the best possible learning environment to all Wake County students," according to the coalition's press release. "Join us to learn how racial/economic diversity will impact our election of WCSPSS School Board Members in October."
The presenter at the forum will be Richard Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation who has praised Wake in his research on socioeconomic school diversity.
Two events will be held Thursday.
The Wake Education Partnership's next regional education roundtable is on "Socioeconomic Diversity in Public Schools." The Wake Education Partnership, like the CCCAAC, is a proponent of Wake's diversity policy.
"First by race, and more recently by family income, our public school system has actively sought to create and maintain the kind of enrollment balance that decades of research have proven to be critical for successful schools, students, and communities," according to the partnership's press release.
Also going on Thursday is the UNC Law School’s Center for Civil Rights conference “Looking to the Future: Legal and Policy Options for Racially Integrated Education in the South and the Nation.”
Wake is playing a big part in a panel on "Evaluating Socioeconomic Based Student Assignment Plans." One part of the panel is called "To Turn Back Would be a Huge Mistake: Race, Class and Student Assignment in Wake County Public Schools."
Former Wake Supt. Bill McNeal is the moderator of the panel discussion.