The Wake Education Partnership is looking to raise some money to support its programs.
The WEP sent out a press release Wednesday announcing that it will hold its first 24-hour "Money Drop" fundraiser on Sept. 22. The group's goal is to have 200 people donate online that day.
Prizes will be offered throughout the day at key points and email updates will be offered to keep donors up to date.
The group says it needs the money to continue programs that include:
* Thousands of dollars in grants each year to classroom teachers
* Numerous education presentations to business leaders and community groups
* An independent newsletter twice a month summarizing local education news
* Topic Reviews that offer an analysis of current school issues
* Assistance in the training of principals and assistant principals
Supporters of the new board majority have been highly critical of the WEP while supporters of the board minority have frequently cited the group's research.
The tensions in the community are noted in the press release, with the WEP saying it has been "working within a divided community to help find a middle ground where all families are eager to claim Wake County public schools as their own."