Wake CARES is celebrating last night's vote by the Wake County school board with a press conference today.
Here's the group's press release:
WAKECARES TO SPEAK ON TUESDAY’S WAKE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
VOTE AND THE FUTURE OF WAKE COUNTY PUBLIC EDUCATION
Raleigh, NC – WakeCares will affirm their thanks and support for the Wake County School Board’s vote for community based school assignment policies and the move forward to seriously address critical shortcomings in academic achievement for Wake County students.
Date: Wednesday - March 24, 2010
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Halle Cultural Arts Center of Apex, 237 North Salem Street in historic downtown Apex
WakeCARES believes community-based school assignments are the first step in providing stability, choice in education and increased parental involvement, all of which are paramount in a child’s education. For more information on WakeCares, please visit our website at http://www.wakecares.com/?page_id=5
Here's a quick recap of today's press conference.
The leaders of Wake CARES praised the school board's vote on the community schools resolution and urged the other side to work with the new board majority. They argued that the diversity policy wasn't working, pointing to the low test scores and graduation rates for poor kids.
“Lay down your candles and your songs and give them breathing room,” said Patrice Lee, a founder of Wake CARES.
Allison Backhouse also spoke at the press conference. She's back with Wake CARES after her fallout with the Wake Schools Community Alliance.