LEANDRO PLAN UPDATED: JUDGE LEE ORDERED A PLAN
  • Leandro case. Superior Court Judge W. David Lee ordered a plan that included the following focus areas: teacher development and recruitment, teacher and principal development and recruitment, improved finance system, an improved assessment and accountability system, better assistance and turnaround for low-performing schools, expanded pre-kindergarten and early childhood education, and alignment of high school to post-secondary career and education expectations.

  • A Court order was signed to approve a 7-year plan agreed to by the Administrators, the Cooper Administration,  and the Leandro plaintiffs calling for at least $5.6 billion in new education funding through 2028. 

SUPERINTENDENT DR. ANGELA HAIRSTON RESIGNS
  • Dr. Angela P, Hairston, Superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools resigns. 

  • Executive Director of Equity, Access, and Acceleration informs the State Board of Education that WS/FCS has a ‘bold strategic plan to work towards closing opportunity gaps and advancing educational equity.

  • Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools is listed as part of the inaugural cohort of 27 school districts. in the article “The Century Foundation Launches the Bridges Collaborative, An Unprecedented Grassroots Initiative to Advance School Integration.”   The organization aims to “advance racial and socioeconomic integration and equity in America’s schools.” The program’s director is Stefan Louis Lallinger, whose grandfather was a lawyer for the desegregation  Brown v. Board of Education 1954 case. 

2020
MULTICULTURAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
  • WS/FCS Board of Education Meeting Minutes note: Board considers approval of Multicultural Advisory Council Bylaws by Rebecca McKnight, Director of Social Studies, noting goals: The WS/FCS Multicultural Advisory Council will be established in accordance with Superintendent Dr. Angela Hariston’s plans for the African American and Hispanic Infusion curriculum projects. This council of diverse stakeholders’ voices represents a commitment to creating a multicultural curriculum designed to ensure that every student in Winston-Salem Schools can see themselves in the instruction that they experience, connect their stories to those of other stories in their classes and grow in their understanding of the world around them. 

ADVOCATING AGAINST SCHOOL CHOICE PLAN
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  • Winston Salem/ Forsyth County Schools offered families a survey regarding perceptions and challenges of school choice and assignment policies. Nearly 7,000 responded.

  • Dr. Carlton Eversley and other community organizers have spent years advocating against the School Choice Plan implemented under Dr. Martin.

  • A4E The Coalition for Equity in Public Schools and other community stakeholders influenced
    the WS/FCS Board of Education to adopt Equity Policy 1100 that would aim to implement and measure
    equitable practices within the WS/FCS District.

2021
ADDRESS EQUITY RELATED ISSUES
  • Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County Schools has an Equity Advisory Council to discuss and address equity-related issues. The first meeting was held on January 14, 2021.

TRICIA MCMANUS SWORN IN AS SUPERINTENDENT
  • Tricia McManus is officially sworn in as the 8th Superintendent of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools on March 17th. She had served as Interim after the resignation of Dr. Angela Hairston. While Deputy Superintendent in June of 2020, she directed the “Our Safe Return” plan to guide the return to in person classroom learning.

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FORSYTH FUTURES
VISION FOR EQUITY IN LEARNING
  • Superintendent Tricia McManus discussed the vision for equity and learning. She noted a contract with “Engaging Schools” to examine disparities and suspension rates, as suspension rates are highest among students of color, especially as it relates to Black males. The largest challenge is advancing the district’s equity plan, as many parents and community groups regard the system’s school choice program as having led to more segregation in schools.

  • Public Discussions & Evaluations of School Assignment virtual community forums are presented during May to have conversations “about experiences of school choice, student and family needs, and how the district can be successful in best meeting those needs with new plans by eliminating barriers to opportunities.”

  • The National Conference on Community and Justice facilitated the community forums, with local community leaders, from organizations including, Action4Equity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Black Philanthropy Initiative, a coalition from Equity in Public Education, Forsyth County Association of Educators, Hispanic League, Ministers’’ Conference of Winston Salem Vicinity, NAACP, Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods, North Carolina Congress of Latino Organizations, and Forsyth Promise.   

  • WS/FCS initiates surveys through Forsyth Futures as it begins the process of reevaluating School Choice and the School Assignment Plan.

$102 MILLION EQUITY PIPELINE INITIATIVE
  • Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to participate in a five-year, $102 million project to advance the district’s vision of equity. The 2021 Equity-Centered Pipeline Initiative will provide support to the district in community and school board engagement, alignment of district leadership policies/ practices, and the development of leader tracking systems. The initiative is funded by the Wallace Foundation, which aims to “foster improvements in learning and enrichment for disadvantaged children and the vitality of the arts for everyone.

VICTOR JOHNSON
  • Legacy: Dedication to Winston -Salem community, WSFCS, and Victor "Vic" Johnson Jr. long time WS/FCS member passes. He was presented The Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Gov. Roy cooper in 2017. The School Board noted for contributions to helping desegregate lunch counters in Winston-Salem. Johnson, retired from Carver High school as an assistant principal and appointed to the WS/FCS Board in March 1997 and elected in 1998.

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DR. DUDLEY FLOOD
HERO OF DESEGREGATION
  • Representing North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction, Dr. Dudley Flood and colleague, Gene Causby, traveled to work with local school districts in the 1970s to explore ways to desegregate. Dr. Flood, who is the namesake of the Public School Forum of NC’s Dudley Flood Center for Educational Equity and Opportunity, was presented the “Public Service Award” by Governor Cooper for his desegregating efforts in 2021

2022
WS/FCS TODAY
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CARTER G. WOODSON STUDENT