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Three local community meetings to focus on education

Posted January 24, 2011

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— Three meetings on the future of education in Wake County and North Carolina are scheduled for Monday evening.

Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, a nonprofit group that says it supports parental school choice, is holding a public town hall forum to talk about the political realities for making that happen in North Carolina.

The forum is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the North Raleigh Hilton, 3415 Wake Forest Road in Raleigh.

Several state leaders, including Rep. Paul Stam, R-Wake, Rep. Marilyn Avila, R-Wake, Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, and Sen. Malcolm Graham, D-Mecklenburg, are expected to participate in the discussion, the group says.

Also, happening at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Ave. in Raleigh, is the annual meeting of WakeUP Wake County, a nonpartisan group of business leaders, educators, and citizens concerned about the future of Wake County.

The group says local officials will talk about what to expect in 2011 at the General Assembly, Wake County Board of Commissioners and the Wake County Board of Education.

Scheduled speakers include Sen. Neal Hunt, R-Wake, Rep. Jennifer Weiss, D-Wake and County Commissioner Joe Bryan.

Finally, at 6 p.m. at Cary High School, 638 Walnut St. in Cary, the Wake County school board will hold the last of four public hearings on proposed changes to the district’s 2011-12 reassignment plan, which could affect the placement of more than 4,700 students.

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  • uniqs2010 Jan 25, 2011

    Please don't bring down the whole wake county accreditation for your self interests. I totally support wake county school boards bold decisions. You have to be a victim of unfair school assignments to understand what they are doing is the best that happened to Wake county schools. Majority of parents crying to protect diversity program don't seems to be from minority background. They are just eager to suck wake county tax payers money to transport their kids long distances to tax payer funded special programs for few privileged kids. Just using diversity as an excuse.

  • blackdog Jan 24, 2011

    I guess these meetings are to find a plan...an idea...something.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Jan 24, 2011

    Support your school board or don't complain when your kids continue to get reassigned year after year.
    As for not coming anytime soon, don't hold your breath, after next year something has to come and thanks to the new General in town, neighborhood schools are what it will be. It would have taken place this coming year had it not been for Ms. Goldman. Also what she has done,instead of breaking up those reassignments for 1000's and 1000's of students to shift to neighborhood schools, now there will be a huge reassignment for everyone come 2013-2014. Oh yes, the complaints will be endless, but look at this way, only one more time to be shuffled. After next year of course. Thanks Debra.

  • Shamrock Jan 24, 2011

    Support your schools or move.

  • Remy Jan 24, 2011

    Pappy - call your wcpss rep and complain. I am glad they have everyone of those meetings. They need some ideas to accomplish this "neighborhood" goal and don't think it is coming anytime soon.

  • pappy1 Jan 24, 2011

    Outstanding! Another absolute waste of time and effort. Shut down the the board and let the "Diversity Industry" run the school system. It already wags the dog...