Advocacy and DEI

Advocacy and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

(Versión en español a continuación)

DEI

Come hear a parent presentation from the Apex Middle School Equity Team after the General PTA Membership meeting on May 18th.


Discipline in the school system: from an equity perspective. Come hear some alarming truths we've discovered and how we'd like to address them. You will leave with clear ideas and actionable opportunities to make school more equitable for ALL students.

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The month of May is set aside to honor two cultural heritages- Asian Pacific American Heritage and Haitian Heritage. We will focus on Asian Pacific American Heritage this week and Haitian Heritage in the next newsletter.


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According to the Library of Congress Asian Pacific is a broad term that “ encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).”

The month of May was chosen as the national celebration because it is the month Japanese immigrants first arrived in 1843 and was the month the transcontinental railroad was finished which was accomplished mostly by Chinese immigrants who labored under dangerous and difficult conditions.


The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Heritage Center has a wealth of content on the historic and current contributions of Asian and Pacific Americans. You can learn more HERE. Know of any celebrations going on in the Triangle? Let us know so we can celebrate with you!


ADVOCACY

Don’t forget to vote!

Early voting is happening now for both primary and certain municipal elections, and sites are open until 7:30! Find your closest site by clicking here:

http://msweb03.co.wake.nc.us/bordelec/downloads/14earlyvoting/2022/2022PrimaryandCaryMunicipalElectionsEarlyVotingFlyer.pdf


Wake voters will have one or more of these races on their ballot: City Council; County Commissioners; Judges; Sheriff; and US Senate.


#PTAvotes #WakeCounty #elections2022

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From Wake PTA Council:

I wanted to make you aware of a school funding issue that will be a hot topic in the next few weeks and share ways you can advocate for school funding as it proceeds.

Background:

Yesterday, the Wake County Commissioners were presented with a budget by County Manager David Ellis, which would provide $38 million more to schools than last year. Today, the Wake County Board of Education voted to ask our commissioners for $56 million more to meet the needs of our schools. This means there is an $18 million discrepancy between the two budgets. Here is a WRAL article going into greater detail on the various areas of discrepancy. Bottom line: there is a possibility that our schools in Wake County may not be fully funded in the next academic year.

How you can advocate:

If you would like to help advocate for a fully funded budget for WCPSS this year, there are three ways you and your PTA can help.

  1. Email the Commissioners. Let them know that you support a fully funded budget for WCPSS as proposed by the School Board.

  2. AND file a public comment by clicking here.

  3. AND if you can, attend a public meeting or work session (click here for the meeting and hearing schedule). We know that Spring schedules are quite busy for families, but attending and/or speaking at these hearings and meetings are powerful testaments to our commitment to supporting public schools. If there is interest in organizing groups to attend I am happy to facilitate that effort.

Note, the Commission will take a final vote on this budget on June 6, so if you would like to take action, please keep in mind that time is of the essence.