Wake County Schools

Wake schools reaching parents at State Fair

Posted October 20, 2011

— One way the Wake County Public School System is trying to get the word out about its new student assignment plan is a booth at the North Carolina State Fair.

The district is in the beginning stages of a multi-month campaign to make sure every family with students in the school system know that they now have more input into where their children go to schools, beginning with the 2012-13 academic year.

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The booth at the fair is geared toward families like Brianne Winters', whose son will go to kindergarten next year.

Unlike previous years, in which her son would be assigned to a school, Winters can now rank her preferences among a list of schools close to her home. The school system will then assign him to a school based on his mother's input.

Winters picked up a flier about the plan when she stopped by the fair booth Thursday.

"I really don't know much about it," she said. "I've been starting to do research. I picked up some stuff here, so I am going to look into it."

The booth is one of many ways Wake County plans to push the message out over the next few months.

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The district mailed letters Wednesday to all parents explaining the plan and, in the coming months, will launch an interactive website with all student options. There will also be other public events, and the district will work with schools and local groups to make sure every parent understands.

The so-called choice-selection process begins in January and will last about six weeks. The school system will notify parents about their assignment by mid-March.

Also in mid-March, a second choice-selection process will begin for parents who missed out in the first round. Those assignments will be made by mid-April.


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  • geosol Oct 20, 2011

    How fitting that they have to do this at the State Fair!! What a sideshow the right wing activists on the school board have made of the Wake County school system! Thank goodness the good people of Wake County recognized this earlier this month and decided to kick out the right wing activists so we won't have this little side show next year.

  • Alex25 Oct 20, 2011

    America's Public Education System - and WCPSS - is a DISASTER. We are spending more $$ per child, and yet results and test scores since 1970 are flat or declining....this is NOT good.

    And we keep doing the same things.........STOP THIS