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School board works through student calendar requests

Posted March 31, 2010
Updated April 1, 2010

Wake County Public School System
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— The Wake County Board of Education took up the issue of student assignment again Wednesday night during a work session.

In a meeting that stretched late into the evening, the board heard from school district staff about the enrollment levels of certain schools, and the level of desire of students to transfer into and out of individual schools.

The board has said they would work to assign students to their preferred school and calendar but capacity issues may prevent that from happening.

More than 2,800 families may not get into the year-round school they wanted; more than 1,700 families may not get their first-choice, traditional-calendar school.

The greatest part of the meeting was a discussion of individual schools, calendars and how to allot students.

The board touched only briefly on the controversial plan to change students to a neighborhood schools model. They voted last week to change how Wake County has apportioned students for the past decade – assuring that no one school has more than 40 percent of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch.

The majority of the board is committed to changing that policy so that students attend school closer to home, not matter their socio-economic status. Critics and those in the minority on the board say that change will have the effect of segregating schools along racial lines.

Policy change could impact Wake schools' grant Policy change could impact Wake schools' grant

If that happens, the district could lose out on $8 million in funding from the Magnet School Assistance Program. Southeast Raleigh and Garner high schools and East Garner Middle School were beneficiaries of the grant between 2007 and 2010. Brentwood and Smith elementary schools and Millborok High are working on grant applications for 2010-2013.

To get the grant, the school system must prove they will prevent minority group isolation. As part of the application process, the board must produce a resolution promising not to segregate.

A discussion of the budget for the 2010-11 school year was also on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting, but the board never got to it in more than six hours.

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  • taylor3297 Apr 1, 2010

    MelanieK1025: Actually several times I have had a child from that part of town stay at my house and my child has stayed at their home. So for some of us your statement isnt' valid.

  • MelanieK1025 Apr 1, 2010

    For those of you that continue to use the argument that our children learn from children of other socio economic statuses...I must ask....How many southeast Raleigh children have you had sleepover in your home or How many times have you sent your children to that other child's home? Enough with that argument. Children aren't learning anything about socio economics from each other. That argument is just ridiculous.

  • taylor3297 Apr 1, 2010

    TarheelsDontLikeEdwards: The reason why I cut and pasted what you said is that many people think only minority students were being bussed in order to achieve the socio-economic diversity. The majority of the students that were in my class and were bussed for this reason were NOT miniorities.

    I due understand what you meant by how the wording can change for folks when they have their own agenda in mind.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Apr 1, 2010

    "TarheelsDontLikeEdwards - The district's own attorney has instructed the board that they have no legal basis for setting or changing policy. You have been sold a bill of goods by the CONSERVATIVE board members. - seankelly15"

    Seankelly15, you have been sold a bill of goods by the liberal supporters of socio-economic diversity (race) based busing.

    A few years ago the United States Supreme Court ruled in a case against Charlotte / Mecklinburg County that busing based solely on race was illegal.

    When this happened Charlotte / Mecklinburg County ended race based busing and went to neighborhood schools.

    At this time Wake County changed the name from race based busing so socio-economic diversity based busing so they could continue to illegally bus kids around Wake County.

    Seankelly15, I hate to confuse your liberal ideology with facts but those are the facts.

    Plus the legally elected school board has the right to set and change policy as they see fit.

  • seankelly15 Apr 1, 2010

    TarheelsDontLikeEdwards - The district's own attorney has instructed the board that they have no legal basis for setting or changing policy. You have been sold a bill of goods by the CONSERVATIVE board members.

  • wakemom Apr 1, 2010

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    "well my base is about 15 miles out towards briar creek area. but the magnet school is about 3 mins from my house. lol.. i had to get a transfer to the magnet school in which my child has attended since kindergarten. he will be going 2 the 5th grade next yr. each yr i have been denied magnet status. - wakemom"

    It boils down to the fact that your child was a number with the previous school board in their effort to achieve socio-economic (race) based diversity and they didn't care who they hurt as long as they achieved their goal.
    TarheelsDontLikeEdwards

    yeah i guess so. but it is crazy. i mean i worked in a different county when he started school. none of the daycare vans went that far out to his base school. and not to mention i had to be at work before school started for him. he was too young to stay home alone and to far for me to drive to school each am and then off to work. my initial transfer was d

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Apr 1, 2010

    "well my base is about 15 miles out towards briar creek area. but the magnet school is about 3 mins from my house. lol.. i had to get a transfer to the magnet school in which my child has attended since kindergarten. he will be going 2 the 5th grade next yr. each yr i have been denied magnet status. - wakemom"

    It boils down to the fact that your child was a number with the previous school board in their effort to achieve socio-economic (race) based diversity and they didn't care who they hurt as long as they achieved their goal.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Apr 1, 2010

    ""Seems, it's actually a race thing and the liberal policy of Socio-Economic based diversity is actually illegally busing kids based solely on race."

    So does this mean that all kids from a low socio-economic home are all of one race? If you believe this then you need to get out more. - taylor3297"

    You selectively cut and paste from what I said to justify your arguement.

    What I actually said was "Yet, when you want to stop socio-economic diversity these same hypocritical liberals tell you that the change will result in racial segregation.

    Seems that the hypocritical liberals want it both ways. Socio-Economic Diversity when they're illegally busing kids based on race. Yet it's a race thing when you're trying to stop socio-economic diversity.

    Seems, it's actually a race thing and the liberal policy of Socio-Economic based diversity is actually illegally busing kids based solely on race."

    I was making the point that the liberals are being hypocritical on the subject of busing.

  • wakemom Apr 1, 2010

    wakemom, our base school is a magnet. the entire school is junk. we arent even in the ghetto. i like the teachers fine on a personal level, but things just seem poorly executed at this school. you're more than welcome to my kids' seats when we find elsewhere to go.
    MileageDontPlayDat

    well my base is about 15 miles out towards briar creek area. but the magnet school is about 3 mins from my house. lol.. i had to get a transfer to the magnet school in which my child has attended since kindergarten. he will be going 2 the 5th grade next yr. each yr i have been denied magnet status.

  • taylor3297 Apr 1, 2010

    "Seems, it's actually a race thing and the liberal policy of Socio-Economic based diversity is actually illegally busing kids based solely on race."

    So does this mean that all kids from a low socio-economic home are all of one race? If you believe this then you need to get out more.

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