Wake NCAE is making another pitch to the Wake County school board to save the weekly Wednesday early dismissals.
In a press release Monday, Wake NCAE says the weekly one-hour teacher planning sessions made possible by the early dismissals are helping student achievement. The lobbying pitch has intensified since the new board voted to scrap the weekly early dismissals after the end of the school year.
Board members have talked about finding some other time during the school day for the one-hour planning sessions. Wake NCAE and other supporters of the professional learning teams are skeptical that it can be done without the early dismissals.
Critics have called the early releases Wacky Wednesdays. Supporters have called it Wake Wednesdays.
"In the next couple of months please listen to the data about Wake Wednesdays, listen to our stories, visit the classrooms, experience the culture change," according to the press release. "Hear us, those of us who do the work and are held accountable, help us do our jobs and educate the children of Wake County and help us keep this gift of time, one hour a week...to collaborate, to consult, to learn, to do the job you expect us to do...educate the wonderful children that make up the Wake County Public School System."