Forum focuses on Wake school issues

From staff reportsOctober 1, 2009 

The YWCA of the Greater Triangle, the ACLU of North Carolina and WakeUP Wake County will hold a forum tonight on education that will discuss the significance of next week's school board elections.

Rob Schofield of N.C. Policy Watch will discuss the issues surrounding this election, particularly the diversity policy. Calla Wright of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African-American Children will discuss the organization's support for the diversity policy.

Four of the nine school board seats are on the ballot this year, with only one incumbent standing for re-election. Critics of the diversity policy hope to win all four seats to gain a majority on the board.

Other topics to be discussed include disciplinary policies and the achievement gap.

The forum will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at 554 E. Hargett St. in downtown Raleigh.

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