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Wake schools' new assignment plan posted online

Posted October 28, 2011

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— Wake County public schools updated its student assignment website Friday to allow parents to preview their school choices for the 2012-13 school year.

In January, the school system will publish the choice application website that will show complete functionality, to include actual proximity from each family’s address, available seats at each proximity choice, real time numbers of requests for seats by grade level and other key information.

The preview is not part of the school choice selection process, which will happen later in the school year. Wake schools says corrections could be made in the coming weeks as school system technicians finalize the programming and data sets that produce the choice lists.

Education Generic 2 Wake student assignment plan is online

For the 2012-13 school year, the choice process is optional for all parents satisfied with their current school. Families may "grandfather" and remain at their current school, with their current level of transportation, or follow the feeder pattern aligned with their current school, regardless of the choice options presented, according to the school system.

Families with rising kindergartners, Wake County residents currently not in Wake schools, new Wake County residents and families seeking a change in student assignment must participate in the choice selection process.

Superintendent Tony Tata said he wants parents to start researching their options now to make informed choices. School officials plan to hold open houses at all schools to give parents a closer look.

Tony Tata Wake superintendent Oct. 28 weekly update

“We want parents to put their children in the school that they feel can best serve them, and, really, that is what much of this choice plan is all about,” Tata said.

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  • tgiv Oct 28, 2011

    "I still FIRMLY believe it's not the school but the student and his/her family/guardian who make all the difference. Not which school he/she goes to."

    Thank God that is the case in Wake County. Having lived and worked in a number of awful districts elsewhere, I can testify that schools can become so broken that the ability to get a quality education is thwarted.

    Faced with the prospect of multiple moves within our old district to get to decent middle and high schools, coming to Wake County a decade ago was a great blessing. We spent a couple of research weeks in disbelief that we could live almost anywhere in the county and have quality schools.

    We would have been a little disappointed if our transfer request appeal had been denied a few years back, but we also knew we didn't have to fear a broken school if things didn't go our way. Despite all the politics and rancor of the last few years, I am very grateful for what we have here.

  • All the People Oct 28, 2011

    "I still FIRMLY believe it's not the school but the student and his/her family/guardian who make all the difference. Not which school he/she goes to."sueinnc

    So true!

  • tgiv Oct 28, 2011

    "Except there are so many stories about those who did just that annually, to no avail. So there really was never a "choice" if it went against their assignment numbers criteria of 40% FRL per school."

    There are also stories of parents who appealed and prevailed. I know this to be a fact because we were among them, and we are unfortunately (I think) not amongst the wealthy. Your anecdote is no more accurate from a data standpoint than mine, so I find your declaration questionable.

    Our choices under the old plan appear to have been no more limited than those of the current plan. I seriously doubt that parents who are unhappy with their current assignments feel anymore "freedom" than those who were unhappy under the old plan. There is no reason to believe that appeals will be any more successful under the new plan for parents that wanted a different individual assignment.

  • SueInNC Oct 28, 2011

    One of the schools on this list of my choices for my 3 kids is over 25 miles from my house. I'm sorry but that's just ridiculous. My kids will continue to go to the schools closest to our home. We will continue to stress the importance of good grades/homework/etc and they'll continue to be straight A students as they've always been (at not so great schools). I still FIRMLY believe it's not the school but the student and his/her family/guardian who make all the difference. Not which school he/she goes to.

  • scoutmomof2 Oct 28, 2011

    I live in east Cary and for the last 22 years that I have lived there we have been districted to Athens Drive, which is the closest to our house. Our choices now for proximity involve feeder schools to either Cary or Broughton?? By my count if everyone in my neighborhood choses just the different traditional/yr choices for elementary/middle and high, we will have 14 buses twice a day in the neighborhood, not to mention one for those who are grandfathered into Athens or the allowed magnet schools.

  • Tawny Oct 28, 2011

    This process has been very interesting to me as well. My daughter graduated from Enloe in 96. Enloe was our magnet choice for HS. Ligon was our magnet choice for MS. We resided in N. Raleigh at the time. I always felt that I hsd a choice in where she went to school. I currently reside in Cary with my youngest child attending Panther Creek. I provide transporation since there is no bus beause we didn't want her to go to Cary High. My child is the only child in our subdivision who attends Panther Creek. (Our area was redistricted to Cary High 2 years ago). I don't believe it would make good economic sense for one bus to come in this area just to pick up my child to attend PCHS. Transporation costs are going to skyrocket with this new assignment plan !!

  • AmazedAtThis Oct 28, 2011

    @ ArmyWife456 - You nailed it. All of this is just 'rearranging the deck chairs' so to speak, if parents (or aunts, or grandpas, or whoever a child's primary adult is) don't pay attention to and participate with these kids in their education.

  • AmazedAtThis Oct 28, 2011

    @Spongebob - As a parent who had a child in downtown 15 years ago at a magnate ES, then moved to Cary and was blessed to have 3 more kids and get to do this all again, you do need to 'buy' the wealthy PTA thing. I was amazed at what is 'normal' over here in the Containment Area as compared to what I thought was 'above average' in downtown. Separately, on the busing costs, Tata indicated from the get go that transpo costs would climb, how can they not? They will eventually level off as the current plan ages into a more 'neighborhood, sort of' plan. But in general, yes, 'more busses please!'

  • Nancy Oct 28, 2011

    "They could request whatever school they wanted by an appeal to the school board."

    Except there are so many stories about those who did just that annually, to no avail. So there really was never a "choice" if it went against their assignment numbers criteria of 40% FRL per school.

  • kittiboo Oct 28, 2011

    spongebob, you can't believe that all schools should use the same programs, can you? Heck, in my classroom alone I use SEVERAL different programs/methods to teach various students. School populations differ, programs/methods/materials must change (sometimes daily!) in order to accommodate and instruct all students. It would be really nice and easy if all kids learned the same way, thought the same way, behaved the same way. But that's not how it is. Schools know their students, and it is important that they be allowed to choose the methods with which to instruct their students, based on their needs. I hope that makes sense to you.

    I am interested to see what this does to transportation. I SURE wouldn't want to be on the bus-route planning committee!

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