This week in history we look back 10, 25 and 50 years to see what was going on in the eastern Wake County area.
In 2004, East Wake High School was beginning to send students off to China on a foreign exchange program. In 1989, teachers won a bout with the school board and secured their full merit pay. And in 1964, Zebulon business owners were watching for the potential impact of a civil rights bill passed by Congress.
There’s a lot we can learn from other cultures. Everyone does things differently all around the world, and learning the methods with which others deal with life’s challenges can give us insights on ways to improve things at home. To that end, the foreign exchange program is a time-honored tradition to teach local students about the wider world. In 2004, East Wake High was in the preparation stage for a program to send students to China, as well as the institution of the school of Health Sciences.
Last week we remembered a spat between the teachers of Wake County and the county’s board of education over promised merit pay being cut without notice. This week we bring you the story of the teacher’s victory in that debate.
Change is a slow-moving but inexorable thing. In 1964, the U.S. took another step toward racial equality. As expected, many business owners were wary of possible trouble that could arise from the change.