Ever been to a great party where no one seems to know the host? Saturday's panel on the future of public education felt a bit like that.
The turnout was big enough that the event was shifted from a 100-seat conference room to a bigger auditorium. I saw many of the usual movers and shakers in the education scene, plus new faces.
So I was feeling kind of dumb: Why hadn't I heard of Staying Ahead Carolina, the host organization?
But when I mingled and chatted before the event, I couldn't find anyone else who was familiar with the group. One person speculated that it was part of CarolinaCAN, a recently-created North Carolina spinoff of a national education reform group. Someone else said it was "a front for MeckEd." Even McIntyre was confused.
The discussion was lively and informative enough that I didn't regret giving up a sunny Saturday morning. I'll look forward to any other contributions Staying Ahead might make to the local scene.