The Franciscan Coalition hosted a series of three conversations on the current school assignment issue in Wake County schools in what are being billed as “Coalition Conversation:  Searching for the Common Good – Wake County Schools.”  The intended outcomes to this series: 

  1. To foster discussion that shows respect and mutual understanding among participants; 
  2. To gain a deeper and more informed understanding of this complex issue; 
  3. And to help our parishioners and our other community members better understand the Church’s social teaching, the moral dimensions of public policy, and the importance of their participation on matters affecting the common good. 

The line-up for this series: 

 Thursday, April 28 Theme:  “Informing”

T. Keung Hui, News & Observer, Staff Education Reporter

Cash Michaels, The Carolinian, Editor

Thursday, May 5 Theme:  “Sharing Perspectives”

Dr. Rev Barber, President NC NAACP

Dr. Tim Tyson, Historian and Duke University Senior Research Scholar

Wednesday, May 18 Theme:  “Listening”

C. Steve Parrott, President Wake Education Partnership

Tony Tata, Superintendent Wake County School System

This series builds on a very successful March 2010 panel conversation we hosted that included members of Great Schools in Wake Coalition from WakeUP Wake County and Wake Schools Community Alliance.  Each session includes an introduction to Catholic Social Teaching by Fr. David McBriar, OFM, presentations by the guests of honor, Q&A moderated by Jeanne Tedrow, a St. Francis of Assisi parishioner and the co-founder and CEO of Passage Home, a nonprofit community development corporation in Raleigh, and small group discussions by the attendees. 

Here are a few pictures from this series: