Planning for new Wake schools assignment system begins Friday

Posted April 21, 2010
Updated April 23, 2010

Wake County Public School System

— The Wake County Board of Education scheduled a special meeting for Friday to begin considering how to implement a change in how students are assigned to schools.

The board voted last month to scrap the decade-old method of assignment, which bused students across the county in an effort to achieve socio-economic balance and limit the percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch at any one school.

Board member John Tedesco will present his concept for community-based school assignment at the meeting Friday at 4 p.m. at the school administration building, 3600 Wake Forest Road in Raleigh, in the Board Conference Room.

Members of the public who wish to attend will be seated in the Board Room and can watch the meeting via video link. Approximately 150 vouchers for those seats will be available starting at 3 p.m.

According to the posted agenda for the meeting, Tedesco will explain "how he will lead through the planning process over the next 9-15 months." will carry the meeting live online. 


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  • garnerCanesFan Apr 22, 2010

    I hate the idea that some school administrator gets to dictate where my kids will go to school. I purchased my home BECAUSE of the school district it was in. There is a SUPER simple solution to this whole mess. Work outward from each school until enrollent is full and see how the lines end up.
    I bet most of Wake can be covered. Also I don't beleive in "bussing for diversity" these days. WAKE UP, this is not 1960. Most neighborhoods are pretty diverse already. Imagine the Fuel savings.
    Well Mr T just a thought.

  • Lloyd Christmas Apr 22, 2010

    NC Reader "I've heard this over and over from immigrants from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, you name it."

    How is a person who lives in the United States and moves a couple of states North or South an Immigrant?

  • tomfoolery Apr 22, 2010


  • samr Apr 22, 2010

    Mileage and others: The former policy didn't fail unless you count failing as not being able to please everyone. Sure it was unpopular with some parents but was immensely popular with others. Who knows what will happen until the penny drops? There are several instances around the state where community-based schools have failed miserably and few if any where they were successful system-wide. But again, we'll have to wait and see since the die has been cast.

    The problem that I have with Tedesco is (1) he comes across rude and arrogant and (2) he has no skin in the game, no kids in the schools. He is not effected by the decisions that he makes until it costs him his seat in the election. As for personal attacks on his life choices, those do nothing to advance the debate and are uncalled for. He doesn't HAVE to be more gracious than he is but he SHOULD be because that is just the right way to be. He at least needs to make the appearance that he listens to both sides as does everyone.

  • jas1022 Apr 22, 2010

    Hopingforabetterworld: Oh yes, I guess I'm another misinformed moron flying off the handle. If I am so misinformed then what is the REAL reason as to why certain groups and officials believe the new system will fail? Why are these officials so concerned that teachers will not want to teach at certain schools and will leave the area? Why are these people worried so much about retaining teachers if the teachers, as you believe, are so willing to teach ANYWHERE? Tell me exactly why, since I am so misinformed. Teachers are taught to teach NO MATTER WHAT SCHOOL THEY ARE AT. Unfortunately that is not how or why most teachers teach. By the way, I'm probably more informed than you are about many issues of concern in this state. Please turn your misinformed finger around and point it to yourself.

  • roar8222 Apr 22, 2010

    Typical liberal tactics; if you don’t agree with someone else’s position don’t debate it on the merits! Instead smear your opponents; accuse them of racism; imply they might be gay (which is weird since I thought liberals were pro gay or is that only if they’re liberal?); question their intentions and if the issue involves children imply there is something perverted or “creepy” in their motivations. I agree with the views of John Tedesco and the rest of the Board members voted in at the last election, but if I disagreed with every view they have I’d still rather stand with them then stand with people who are only capable of character assassination; smear campaigns and pure demagoguery rather than honest discussion.

    Tedesco and the rest of the newly elected School Board members were elected by the people of Wake County because the previous School Board had not only ignored the concerns of Wake County citizens they treated those concerns with open disdain. In their dete

  • Leeca Apr 22, 2010

    "Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without."- William Sloane Coffin, Jr.

    Here's a site to check out regarding all this mess:

  • Leeca Apr 22, 2010

    Totallybogusdude and smp4oaks, you are so correct! It's a power-play for the future and the strong push to make it happen fast.

  • Sez Who Apr 22, 2010

    NeverSurrender...thank you for saying that much better than I did. My anger and frustration sometimes trumps my lucidity!

  • Nunya123 Apr 22, 2010

    NeverSurrender - the US teacher pay is 5th highest in the world. Only Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and Luxembourg are higher paid then US teachers for starting pay and they are 6th for pay at the end of their careers behind Luxembourg, Republic of Korea, South Africa, Switzerland and Japan. So it seems they are as poorly treated here in the states as you make it out to be.
    (Information from Unesco Institue of Statistics with values normalized for country GDP per capita.)