Educational Excellence in Times of Challenge and Change

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WakeUP Wake County and other local organizations are hosting a public forum tonight May 12, 7 pm McKimmon Center, Raleigh to discuss how the Wake County Public School System will address growth and economic challenges in the coming years. These critical obstacles must be overcome to ensure quality education for all students in Wake County. Wake needs to hear your concerns and ideas, so please attend this important event.

Achieving Educational Excellence in Times of Challenge and Change:
How should Wake County schools plan for growth and the economic crisis?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009, 7 pm - 9:30 pm
McKimmon Center, Raleigh MAP

Public Forum Host Partners:
WakeUP Wake County
Bigger Picture 4 Wake
Concerned Citizens for African American Children
Wake League of Women Voters


Welcome and Introductions

  • Welcome and overview of forum - Karen Rindge, WakeUP Wake County
  • Welcome by Harold Webb, Chair, Wake Board of Commissioners

The Goal: Achieving Educational Excellence in Wake County - 30 min.

  • Has Wake County Achieved Excellence? - Tom Oxholm, co-author, A School District's Journey to Excellence
  • "What is a World Class Education?" Report of the Wake Education Partnership - Ann Denlinger, Wake Education Partnership

Challenges to Achieving Educational Excellence - 40 min.

  • Population Growth and Budget Challenges: an overview of WCPSS - Johnna Rogers, Deputy Wake County Manager
  • Decreasing Local Funding for Wake Schools and other Challenges for Wake Schools - John Dornan, Public School Forum

Break - 10 min.

Panel Discussion: Next Steps to Excellence in Wake County - 40 min.

Issues to be discussed by panel: long-term school funding options, innovative ways to save money in WCPSS, achieving healthy schools, success stories in other counties, etc.

Moderator: Dudley Flood


  • Stan Norwalk, Wake County Commissioner
  • Jim Blackburn, NC Association of County Commissioners
  • NC Representative Nelson Dollar
  • Beverley Clark, member, Wake Board of Education
  • Charlotte Turpin, North Carolina Association of Educators

Questions & Answers from audience for Panelists and Speakers - 15 min.