After Monday's experience in Cary, school board members should probably get a more positive feeling from tonight's forum, "Achieving Educational Excellence in Tough Times."
Here are some hints to the direction of the forum, whose sponsors are WakeUP Wake County, BiggerPicture4Wake, the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children, Wake NCAE and the Wake County League of Women Voters.
Tom Oxholm, co-author of "A School District's Journey to Excellence" will speak on whether Wake has achieved academic excellence.
A later panel discussion, "Next Steps to Excellence in Wake County," will discuss issues such as achieving healthy schools.
Click here for more information on the forum, which will run from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at N.C. State's McKimmon Center.
Below is the press release:
Public Forum on Achieving Educational Excellence in Tough Times - May 12
In these times of budget crisis, a major concern for elected officials and parents is how can Wake County schools continue to advance educational excellence? Many are criticizing WCPSS's reassignment policies; meanwhile, local school funding is decreasing and school population continues to grow. These realities pose significant challenges to high quality schools in the long run.
An impressive lineup of state and community leaders will present their ideas and answer questions on Tuesday, May 12 from 7 to 9:30 pm at NCSU's McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St. in Raleigh. This free public forum is entitled "Achieving Educational Excellence in Times of Challenge and Change: How Should Wake County Schools Plan for Growth and the Economic Crisis."
Karen Rindge, WakeUP Wake County Executive Director, commented, "We are holding this forum because it is critical we keep our eyes on the prize of providing the best education we can for all our kids. It's very important that we ensure our schools are strong and classrooms effective, while keeping up with growth, even though growth has slowed."
Speakers and panelists include former School Board member Tom Oxholm, who with former superintendent Bill McNeal, co-authored the recent book, "A School District's Journey to Excellence." Chair of the Wake Education Partnership, Ann Delinger, will present results of their latest study "What is a World Class Education?" Deputy County Manager Johnna Rogers will discuss county growth and budget issues. Other participants include John Dornan of the NC Public School Forum, Professor Dudley Flood, Wake School Board member Beverley Clark, NC Representative Nelson Dollar, Jim Blackburn of the NC Association of County Commissioners, County Commissioner Stan Norwalk, and Charlotte Turpin, NCAE. Questions from the audience will be taken at the end of the forum.
WakeUP Wake County, a citizen's group advocating managed growth, is hosting the event in conjunction with the Wake chapter of the NC Association of Educators, the Wake League of Women Voters, Concerned Citizens for African American Children, and parents' group Bigger Picture 4 Wake.
Pre-registration encouraged, but not required, at www.wakeupwakecounty.com. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.