Wake school officials aware of year-round survey flaw

Posted January 13, 2010
Updated February 2, 2010

— Wake County Public School System officials said they are aware that there is a major flaw with their online survey, which asks parents whether they prefer traditional or year-round schools.

Parents must enter their child's ID number to take the survey, but there is nothing stopping them from re-entering the number and taking the survey again multiple times. Survey-takers can also enter any number combination and easily get into the system.

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Wake schools spokesman Michael Evans said they rushed to get the survey out, despite the problems, at the school board's request.

To get the most accurate results, the school system will make sure the ID numbers are valid. They will throw out any responses that have been sent in multiple times, Evans said.

Board member Debra Goldman said she had her concerns about the system, but feels the surveys will still be useful once duplicates are filtered out.

The Wake County Board of Education sent letters Monday to parents of students in all grades, asking them to respond to the survey  to help the board make decisions about year-round schools and student assignment. (Read the survey questions.)

Parents have until Jan. 25 to respond, and Wake County residents who do not have students enrolled in the school system can also leave comments until that time on the school system's Web site.

So far, more than 2,700 responses have been received, Evans said.

On Tuesday, the school board also announced four community meetings scheduled for next month on the matter.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 9 at Holly Springs High School, 5329 Cass Holt Road, Holly Springs
  • Thursday, Feb. 18 at Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road, Wake Forest
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23 at Leesville Road High School, 8409 Leesville Road, Raleigh
  • Thursday, Feb. 25 at Panther Creek High School, 6770 McCrimmon Parkway, Cary

Each meeting runs from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the schools' auditoriums.

The Board of Education voted 5-4 last week to end mandatory assignment to year-round schools beginning with the 2010-2011 school year and to allow parents to choose whether their child attends a school with a year-round or traditional calendar.

Two years ago, the district converted 22 elementary and middle schools to year-round schedules.

At the time, administrators defended the controversial moves by saying it would help the district keep up with enrollment growth and save money on school construction since year-round schools can accommodate more students than traditional-calendar schools.

Opponents argue that year-round schools have not eased overcrowding and that they create a hardship for families.


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  • familyfour Jan 13, 2010

    Get rid of the "board" and our schools will improve immediately.

    I dare us!

  • time4real Jan 13, 2010

    "I believe taxpayers without students in year-round should also be allowed to participate."

    for Pete and Fred's sake, WHAT'S STOPPING YOU! Go to the wcpss website and spout off as a taxpayer all you want.

  • Jim Pomeranz Jan 13, 2010

    I believe taxpayers without students in year-round should also be allowed to participate.

  • HopingForABetterWorld Jan 13, 2010

    reader, very few teachers get extra money from year round. They get the same pay. you're just making things up now.

  • HopingForABetterWorld Jan 13, 2010

    and don't all you anti-year round people remember just four months ago when you were all bitter? shoe fits on all the feet.

  • HopingForABetterWorld Jan 13, 2010

    helpthekids...i agree that the old board stunk and the new board deserves a chance. i do not agree with them adding items at meetings without public and board knowledge, rushing through votes to show their power, and not knowing the solutions and consequences.
    Reader, there are some awesome parents, but your statement that "parents know children best," is pathetic. Everyone wants to blame the schools for failing. it starts at home with parents making kids be responsible for their learning. Show me 100 failing kids, and i'll show you 90-95 uninvolved parents that don't have a clue. the best schools in the world would still fail with many of these kids because there is NO parent support.

  • injameswetrust2003 Jan 13, 2010

    The best answer is to break the school system up into smaller districts. The school board has too much power, be it the old socialist majority or the new people. Let Mayor Meeker and his wife be in charge of the Raleigh district- instead of spending all that money on new buildings they can pay teachers more money to work in the poor areas where parents are not involved.

  • BULLDOZER Jan 13, 2010

    I think both calendar schedules of our government schools fail our kids equally, but the year round schedule just does it on a more frequent basis.

  • kittiboo Jan 13, 2010

    Just to clarify, YR teachers do NOT get paid more, except for those who WORK more (11 and 12 month specials teachers at some schools). We work 10 months just like everyone else.
    Admiral- please add me and the vast majority of the teachers where I work to the YR tally.
    I do think it is better for the kids, the kids like the frequent breaks and us teachers don't burn out as easily. I like being able to spend scheduled weeks with my 2 year old throughout the year and to see her grow and change, instead of just the summers (when I would feel obligated to get a summer job anyway) and a day here and there.
    I hope this board is able to give parents the calendar they want without spending a lot of extra money or causing me to lose my job. I know YR doesn't work for everyone, but I LOVE it.

  • InvolvedCitizen Jan 13, 2010

    IF it could be PROVEN that one calendar provided better overall learning than the other, would you support it? Even if it's different that what you prefer right now? What if there was a schedule that was different from both 4-track YR and Trad that generated superior academic results? And just to keep the issue in focus, let's say they all cost the same.