by Bob Geary
No doubt you've read about Mayor Charles Meeker's displeasure with the Wake school board; Meeker is asking us citizens to help him figure out what his response to the school system — Raleigh's response, that is —ought to be. A lawsuit? A task force? Bring in a mediator? Something else entirely?
Some community leaders including Bridgette Burge, who's in charge of community initiatives and advocacy at the YWCA of the Greater Triangle, have taken up Meeker's challenge. They've called a meeting tonight — a community discussion — starting at 7 pm at the Revelation Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 805 E. Davie St., Raleigh:
In small and large group discussions, community members will:
* Share opinions, concerns and hopes about current events in Wake
County Public Schools,
* Offer ideas for what message to bring to Mayor Charles Meeker.
Free pizza, drinks and childcare will be provided, their announcement adds.
Burge is part of a "network" of groups (not a new organization or coalition, she emphasizes — no need to duplicate the Great Schools in Wake coalition's work) that is forming in response to Meeker's call and the issues raised by the school board majority's policies. The network numbers 11 groups thus far and calls itself the Wake Education Advocates. More will be said about the WEA's efforts shortly, Burge said in a note yesterday.