Wake County Schools

Feds want to hear from public about Wake schools

Posted April 27, 2011 4:21 p.m. EDT
Updated April 27, 2011 5:38 p.m. EDT

— Investigators with the federal civil rights office want to hear from residents of Wake County about the public school system's policies. They have scheduled a forum May 4, at 7 p.m. at Martin Street Baptist Church in Raleigh.

Last summer, the state NAACP filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights alleging a plan to change how students are assigned to schools across the county would concentrate poor students into schools in poor communities.

OCR investigators have met with school leaders, students and members of the board of education. The meeting next Wednesday is designed for community members to sound off on the school system's policies.

WRAL.com plans to carry the forum live online.