Wake County Schools Office of Equity Affairs budget to date is over $8.69 million – North State Journal – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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RALEIGH — Through records requests, North State Journal has learned that the budgetary running total for Wake County Public Schools Office of Equity Affairs is over $8.69 million.  

WCPSS OEA Annual budgets

In 2014, the point when the Office of Equity Affairs (OEA) was formed in Wake County Public Schools (WCPSS), the budget for the office was $250,519. That budget would grow to a high of $1,631,781 during the 2019-20 school year.  

Staff salary and benefits make up a large part of the department’s annual budget. In 2021-22, compensation for the current five OEA staffers totaled $509,549. Two members of the OEA departed in 2021, OEA Assistant Superintendent Rodney Trice and Director Lauryn Mascareñaz.  

Trice resigned his position in May of 2021, following North State Journal reporting on an “Intro to Critical Race Theory” course being offered to teachers in the district as well as talking points Trice gave to the WCPSS board denying the use of Critical Race Theory by the district.  

The Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools district subsequently hired Trice as the district’s Chief Equity and Engagement Off


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