Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata could face his roughest grilling yet when he meets Thursday night with the teenagers from NC HEAT.
Tata had agreed to meet with NC HEAT when several members protested outside his appearance at the Wake County Taxpayers Association meeting in January. NC HEAT has been hardcore in its protests against the end of the diversity policy, with some of its members being arrested at board meetings.
"It was disappointing to us that Mr. Tata decided his first visit with the community would be with the Wake County Taxpayers Association, we felt this sent a very unfortunate and partisan message," said Monserrat Alvarez, co-chair of NC HEAT, in a press release posted today by Bob Geary on his blog for the Independent. "We asked Tata to meet with us as well, and he agreed so we are looking forward to hearing his responses to our concerns, not just the concerns of the wealthy members of our community."
NC HEAT is co-sponsoring the "Education Justice" forum with the Parent Advocacy Work Group (PAWG), formed by the YWCA of the Greater Triangle. The public forum will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Martin Street Baptist Church, 1001 E. Martin St. in Raleigh.
Click here for a flier on Thursday's event.
One of the claims that NC HEAT has frequently made is that conservative businessman Art Pope is directing the strings of the school board majority. Just two days after the meeting with Tata, NC HEAT will protest at noon Saturday outside Pope's Maxway store on 1905 Poole Street in Raleigh.
The flier for the protest calls Pope "evil" and a "villain." Pope has repeatedly denied he's directing the school board's actions.
Fliers promoting Saturday's NC HEAT protest are being handed out by audience members at Tuesday's school board meeting.