Several local groups will hold a forum Thursday night to discuss proposed solutions to the problems of equity and equality for students of color in the Wake County school system.
The meeting will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at the N.C. Justice Center, 224 S. Dawson Street in Raleigh.
Here’s the press release sent today:
For Immediate Release
March 11, 2015
Rukiya Dillahunt 919 749-1692
”Proposed Solutions for Equality and Equity in Education for Students of Color”
Several local community organizations will host a “Community Conversation,” Part 3 which focuses on solution to the current problems of equality and equity for students who attend WCPSS.. The conversation will focus on the proposed solutions that will improve the overall challenges of race, discipline, and the overall academic issues for children of “color” who attend Wake County Public Schools.
The key stake holders will present their proposed solutions to the concerns that were addressed at our January meeting. The organizations are seeking input from parents, community leaders, and concerned citizens who would like to share their experiences, concerns and discuss resolutions to resolve major issues that impacting the education of minorities in WCPSS.
According to Mrs. Michelle Obama,”children today still fail to meet their full potential, even if there are no mobs with bricks and bottles to ward young African-American children. “Nobody needs a military escort to get to class. But that doesn’t mean that our children don’t still face struggles when it comes to education,” she said. She insisted that if children fall behind in school, they fall behind in life.”
Toshiba Rice, a WCPSS parents asked “Are children of color facing more barriers today as oppose to the barriers that were associated with 1960’s’?” Another WCPSS parent asked, “Is WCPSS, cultural proficiency training enough to deal with the issues of” white privilege and or white entitlement” that many children of color are faced with, on a daily basis and do these barriers impact student achievement? “
The “Community Conversation” forum stake holders include: Raleigh Police Department; Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown, Wake County Sherriff Department; Sheriff Donald Harrison, Wake County Public School officials, Wake County Board of Education personnel, Wake County Board Commissioners, parents, students and community advocates.
Residents within the community are invited to be a part of the “Community Conversation” which will meet on Thursday, March 12th, 2015, 6:30-8:15 p.m. at the North Carolina Justice Center, 224 Dawson Street, Raleigh, North Carolina.