Wake County Schools

Newly elected board members to be briefed on Wake assignment plan

Posted October 21, 2011

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— Wake County's three newly elected school board members are expected to get an update Friday afternoon on the district's new assignment plan that was adopted this week.

"We're providing them a professional presentation with lots of hard-copy documents so that they can have it at their disposal so they can prepare for their board tenure," Superintendent Tony Tata told reporters Friday morning.

The meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m.

The three board members-elect – Susan Evans, Christine Kushner and Jim Martin – have each said that they have unanswered questions about the three-year plan, which goes into effect beginning with the 2012-13 school year.

Tata has said it gives parents more input about where their children are assigned and also takes into account proximity, stability and student achievement when placing children in schools.

But some of the new members are concerned about whether students at low-performing schools would be guaranteed a seat at a higher-achieving school if the students wanted to switch schools.

Some current school board members have said they are worried that the assignment plan and other accomplishments over the past two years could be in jeopardy come December when the new members take office.

Five seats, including three incumbents', were up for grabs in last week's municipal elections.

Democratic-backed candidates won four of the races, including Evans, who defeated current board Chairman Ron Margiotta. He led the Republican-backed majority that overturned a longstanding policy of busing students for socio-economic diversity purposes.

The fifth race, for District 3, between Democratic incumbent Kevin Hill and Republican Heather Losurdo, will be settled in a runoff Nov. 8. Hill received 49.69 percent of the votes, coming up 51 votes short of securing a win.

Hill voted against the plan, saying that although he thinks it is good, it doesn't guarantee students at low-performing schools spots in high-performing schools.

Losurdo has said she supports the plan.

Board member Keith Sutton, who was re-elected, also voted against the plan.

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  • vraptor Oct 21, 2011

    Nope. Cannot go back to illegal diversity race based busing.

    The public schools across wake, nc, & the country are a joke. They cannot compare to private schools. There are 25,000 students in 87 private schools in wake. And growing.

    http://www.privateschoolreview.com/state_private_schools/stateid/NC

    Only Orange County out ranks Wake in Median House Value. Which means Wake is a rich county. There are no bad schools or bad teachers in wake. Only bad students and bad parents.

  • westernwake1 Oct 21, 2011

    Education in Wake County succeeded – despite the diversity policy – not because of the diversity policy. The overall demographics of Wake made education “successful” over the past 30 years.

  • Screw WrAl Oct 21, 2011

    Words never truer, "Unfortunately the recent school board elections appear to set us on a path where this new plan will be cancelled (as stated by the candidates in their platforms) and we will revert to a failed diversity policy that will have our children bussed all over the place."

    Yes, the recent clueless voters have no idea what they've done. This election will do in any hope of their children seeing better days before they graduate. If they graduate at all.

  • Screw WrAl Oct 21, 2011

    Right about now Susan Evans is saying, wait a minute, isn't this the plan we're going to reverse anyway?
    Jim will be saying let's ask Barber, he'll know.

  • westernwake1 Oct 21, 2011

    "When my daughter was a student in WCPSS, I was able to request the schools that I wanted her to attend. I had CHOICES even under the "so-called" old plan." - Tawny

    Under the old plan you could apply to go to a magnet school or year round school. However many times you were denied (our family was denied at least 6 times). Our oldest child's base school was switched 8 times over the first 10 years of her education - this is not very helpful for education. When I politely asked the old school board how this lack of stability in school assignment helped my child's education they mocked me in a public forum stating that I did not understand the importance of diversity.

    Magnet or year-round schools were not immune from being switched. For example our youngest was switched from Lufkin (which we wanted) to East Cary Middle (which we wanted to avoid) against our will as parents.

    Public education administration in Wake County under the old diversity policy was basically a fiasco.

  • westernwake1 Oct 21, 2011

    For years the old school board mocked and did not listen to parents who stated that they did not want their children switching schools every year and bussed for the sake of diversity. Finally the administrators hired by a new school board have come up with a reasonable plan that balances all of the concerns and provides choice.

    Unfortunately the recent school board elections appear to set us on a path where this new plan will be cancelled (as stated by the candidates in their platforms) and we will revert to a failed diversity policy that will have our children bussed all over the place.

  • Tawny Oct 21, 2011

    Superman ! That's a good point ! When my daughter was a student in WCPSS, I was able to request the schools that I wanted her to attend. I had CHOICES even under the "so-called" old plan.

  • Bill of Rights Oct 21, 2011

    Finally - the children have been voted out and adults will be running the show again.

  • Tawny Oct 21, 2011

    JH ! Guess what! Minorities are not the only ones who perform poorly in Wake County Schools ! Economicaly poor children of different ethnicities tend to perform poorly on average because of the lack of educational resources their families are able to provide for them. (The "oerative" word here is "aveage")!

  • forautumn Oct 21, 2011

    "They can be briefed all they want, but they still plan to reverse it day one. Our kids are so lucky that the inept voters allowed these 3 to be elected. Those same kids will be so much better off with Evans in charge won't they voters. You're lying to yourself if you thought that when you voted for them. Too late though, you're now stuck with more of the same for the next four years. Lies!"

    I agree...pretty much your entire post is nothing but lies. How silly.

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