The Wake Education Partnership is weighing in on the school board races.
In this week's edition of In Context, the Partnership takes on the issues of year-round schools, construction costs and the graduation rate for low-income students. Those issues have come up at the forums sponsored by the group.
The Partnership looks at the claims made by critics that Wake should follow the example of how Winston-Salem Forsyth Schools is building a high school much cheaper than Wake. The Partnership points out that Wake is building much larger high schools than Forsyth.
When looking at year-round schools, the Partnership says candidates who say they're costing taxpayers money or are saving $500 million aren't both strictly telling the truth.
The newsletter also analyzes the argument made by critics that Wake's graduation rate of 54.6 percent for low-income students is below the state average.
The Partnership argues that graduation rates for poor kids in virtually every large North Carolina school district lag behind the graduation rates of almost every small and rural district.
One thing to consider is that the Partnership is a strong supporter of the diversity policy. The group's leadership has passed resolutions in support of continuing the policy.
If critics win, the diversity policy would be in danger of being dropped or significantly revised.