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July 8, 2002 --No. 364

State, national experts to discuss issues facing Charlotte schools at session

Friday (July 11), 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Westin Hotel’s Grand Ballroom A, 601 S. College St.
Charlotte

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law’s Center for Civil Rights, together with the Civil Rights Project of Harvard University, is hosting a community forum on public schools.

A daylong forum will begin with small group discussions in the morning and end with a plenary session in the afternoon. Attendance at the forum is by invitation only, although media representatives are welcome to cover the plenary session on Friday (July 11) afternoon, which will bring together nearly 100 local, state and national leaders interested in the future of public education.

Experts will discuss a wide range of issues concerning Charlotte schools, including assuring educational quality and appropriate services, maintaining diversity, providing resource equity, examining the role of parental choice, building support for education, exploring the impact of transportation and housing policy, and supporting students from non-English-speaking cultures. Experts representing the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the UNC Center for Civil Rights and the Harvard Civil Rights Project will participate.

Coverage notes: Limited seating is available for non-registered media representatives; to reserve seating, contact Rebecca High at (919) 843-9807 by noon Thursday (July 10). Videographers, photographers and broadcasters may cover the forum via the auditorium aisles. Broadcasters with special needs should contact Karen Moon at (919) 962-8595 or 218-2467 (cell).

The program is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. National education advocates and leading members of the Charlotte business, education and political communities, as well as state education leaders, will convene to create strategies to improve schools in Charlotte and the South.

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News Services contact: Deb Saine, (919) 962-8415 or deborah_saine@unc.edu or Allison Stelljes at (919) 843-3921 or stelljes@email.unc.edu