For those that have interest, the topic of today’s “State of Things” with Frank Stasio will be the Wake schools and next Tuesday’s elections.
Triangle listeners can tune in at 91.5 FM, or the show can also be livestreamed at WUNC.org.
On the show will be Dave DeWitt, WUNC’s Raleigh Bureau Chief and education reporter; Sue Sturgis, reporter for Facing South, an online publication of the Institute for Southern Studies; and Charles Duncan Pardo, editor of the Raleigh Public Record.
From the show’s website:
In 2009, Wake County voters elected a new Republican majority to the county school board. Those board members made it their mission to dismantle a long-standing school assignment plan that emphasized socio-economic diversity. In the ensuing two years, the Wake County school board has seen the resignation of its old superintendent, the hiring of a new one and the ongoing reconfiguration of its assignment plan. Board members have also seen themselves on the national news as police broke up protests at school board meetings and led opponents away in handcuffs.
Good primers before listening would be Jane Mayer’s piece on Art Pope, a major funder of Wake County’s new Republican majority, in this week’s New Yorker, as well as the Institute of Southern Studies’ extensive work about Pope’s influence in the Wake County school board elections (compiled at a new website www.artpopeexposed.com).