Wake County Schools

Wake student assignment plan winding down first year

Posted June 12, 2012

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— The devil is in the details for a few thousand families as the Wake County schools' choice-based student assignment plan winds down its first year of use.

Superintendent Tony Tata said that so far, the district has assigned more than 151,000 students among 169 schools. That's about 800 more students than expected, mostly because of transfers from private and charter schools, as well as population growth.

About 3,500 families had requested transfers from their assigned schools, as of June 1 – one of the lowest percentages in years, Tata said.

"We feel pretty good about the assignment plan and getting students to the schools that their parents want them in," he said.

Approximately half the transfer requests are getting approval, according to the superintendent. In general, he said, requests are granted if schools have room, but if schools are already full, requests are granted only in "rare exceptions," such as if a sibling attends that school.

Parents who are denied transfer requests can appeal to the school board. New families who move into the area can submit a transfer request within 10 days of receiving their official assignment.

Tata said that most cases of parents not getting the school of their choice are due to capacity problems. Coming out of this school year, the last under the old assignment plan, 55 schools were 110 percent or more over capacity, and 44 schools were 90 percent under capacity.

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Tata said that going forward, the assignment plan will be tweaked to address capacity problems. "We want to make this the best possible plan for Wake County, because we understand we ran into capacity issues this year," he said.

Parents have until 5 p.m. Friday to submit feedback on the new assignment plan online or at their child's school.

"We just want to get this right for all Wake County parents," Tata said.

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  • goner Jun 13, 2012

    Looks like the WRAL employee that wrote this is a victim of the old school plan. If something is operating 110% over it's capacity, then it's actually operating at 210% OF capacity. If something is operating at 90% under it's capacity, then it's operating at 10% OF capacity. Yet another journalistic failure, thanks to lackadaisical and lazy journalism. Bravo, WRAL.
    Thankfully, perhaps this new program will create some children that graduate high school with at least a 5th grade understanding of percentages.

  • ConservativeVoter Jun 13, 2012

    In Wake County, there is a high dropout rate amongst African Americans compared to other races. While the schools need to do more for these kids, educational success starts in the homes and the parents need to value education more and push their kids harder to perform well.

  • ConservativeVoter Jun 13, 2012

    Other problem that the assignment plan has that if you move within Wake County, you're stuck with your current assignment based on where you used to live unless you get luck and WCPSS moves you to a school closer to your new house.

  • ConservativeVoter Jun 13, 2012

    "Please do not assume all those kids in the suburbs are well mannered, smart kids. You would be surprised my friend! Just because you live in a wealthy zip code does NOT mean that you are exempt from having bad kids, bad credit, crime, and all other issues as though that live less fortunate than you. Money cant buy everything! - wakemom"

    I was quoting my wife who's a teacher in the suburbs.

    Seems she's the most qualified to know what happens in the classroom.

  • wakemom Jun 12, 2012

    WCPSS has a problem serving multiple populations.

    You have parents in the suburbs who value education and push their children to do well in school.

    You also have parents don't value education, who view the school system as a state paid babysitter.

    Then there are several shades of grey in the middle.

    This makes it difficult for the teachers to teach to those who want to be there while accounting for the kids who don't want to be there.
    ConservativeVoter

    Please do not assume all those kids in the suburbs are well mannered, smart kids. You would be surprised my friend! Just because you live in a wealthy zip code does NOT mean that you are exempt from having bad kids, bad credit, crime, and all other issues as though that live less fortunate than you. Money cant buy everything!

  • bombayrunner Jun 12, 2012

    the school system is beat up. because there are placement rules the dems now in charge go out of their way to ensure someone misplaced 'feels it' . My best friends are moving to Chapel Hill after one kid wasnt moved back after a computer issue. Now all 4 kids are in separate schools. The system is completely inflexible.

  • bombayrunner Jun 12, 2012

    It is interesting how the media pestered the republican led schoolboard during its entire majority, now, there is almost no news at all.

  • ConservativeVoter Jun 12, 2012

    WCPSS has a problem serving multiple populations.

    You have parents in the suburbs who value education and push their children to do well in school.

    You also have parents don't value education, who view the school system as a state paid babysitter.

    Then there are several shades of grey in the middle.

    This makes it difficult for the teachers to teach to those who want to be there while accounting for the kids who don't want to be there.

  • mmmdonuts Jun 12, 2012

    We were automatically assigned (not thru Choice Plan) to the YR school we would have chosen. Great, right? Then we were told that we wouldn't have transportation...TO THE SCHOOL WE WERE ASSIGNED!!!

    So is that how success is measured?

  • tgiv Jun 12, 2012

    How does that percentage compare to other like-sized school districts? Take a look at Cleveland, Hartford, Kansas City, and a ton of others and then tell me it can't get any worse.

    Neither the previous or current plan is a panacea. The current plan was a compromise that works no better or worse than the previous plan. There are still angry parents over assignment, and there always will be.

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