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Wake school board to consider tweaking student assignment plan

Posted June 18, 2012
Updated June 19, 2012

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— The Wake County school board will discuss tweaking its choice-based student assignment plan on Tuesday, just days after the school district finished collecting feedback from parents.

The board meets first for a work session Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. with the budget and student assignment among the agenda items.

They'll begin the public meeting about 5:30 p.m. and are expected to pass the 2012-13 budget before taking up the issue of student assignment.

Though the plan was designed to increase parental choice, many parents have criticized it, saying it was more of a lottery than a choice. Many parents claimed their children's assignments would not work for their families.

Superintendent Tony Tata said last week that the district had 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.

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

"All I am getting (in response to the plan) is people saying, 'Thank you,'" said board member Chris Malone.

Board Vice Chair Keith Sutton, however, said he has heard complaints from parents about unpredictability in student assignment under the current plan.

Wake school board to consider tweaking student assignment plan Wake school board to consider tweaking student assignment plan

Sutton said the board will discuss whether to make any changes to the plan for the 2013-14 school year. He said he doesn't expect the board to make any dramatic changes, but to make subtle tweaks that would "give us perhaps a new strategy and perspective."

Malone said he thinks time will work out any of the assignment plan's kinks on its own.

"You need to get through the rough patches in the beginning so you know what you need to adjust to make it work," he said.

He added that changes could create more problems for parents and students.

"We need a little consistency," Malone said. "We need a little calm."

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  • DijanoMM Jun 19, 2012

    It's about time someone came to their senses to discuss eliminating this ridiculous plan.

  • bevmorgan56 Jun 19, 2012

    Okay you have this statement "All I am getting (in response to the plan) is people saying, 'Thank you,'" said board member Chris Malone. Although, immediately before that statement you see this "Though the plan was designed to increase parental choice, many parents have criticized it, saying it was more of a lottery than a choice". I just want to know what the real story is that's all. This statement is unnecessary as well "Board Vice Chair Keith Sutton, however, said he has heard complaints from parents about unpredictability in student assignment under the current plan." That's why they are having the board meeting ways to improve the current plan. Of course people don't like the old plan!!

  • Screw WrAl Jun 19, 2012

    If they vote tonight, tomorrow the headline will be much different than todays. You've been given a head's up, what you do with it is up to you.

    Showing up at the meeting in 2 hours is what you should be doing, if you don't want another new plan for the following year.

  • artist Jun 19, 2012

    "it is always a white woman complaining about how she did not get her choice- LOL I know the news can be biased and only show what they want...but if you watch the meeting live stream, you will see that the parents who get up to speak are not much of a diversified crowd."

    Exactly! As soon as black parents start to take an interest in their kids education - we will see more color at the podium.

  • Bklyn2Raleigh Jun 19, 2012

    ADD- I just watch the playbacks of the meetings and the clips shown on the news- it is always a white woman complaining about how she did not get her choice- LOL
    I know the news can be biased and only show what they want...but if you watch the meeting live stream, you will see that the parents who get up to speak are not much of a diversified crowd.

  • Bklyn2Raleigh Jun 19, 2012

    missparrothead- AGREED!!!
    Now, if Wake County can just work that out :)

  • wily2002 Jun 19, 2012

    My

  • RonnieR Jun 19, 2012

    Get over it, the Dems won and can do as they desire until 2015.
    If they win again, they can continue, but if the GOP wins then we can go back to choice. You get what you vote for or don't vote for, as the case may be.

  • Screw WrAl Jun 19, 2012

    It seems moderators want to control this conversation. My guess, to help eliminate ticked off parents showing up at tonight's board meeting to carry on like very members of this newly elected board have in the past. Parents better pay attention,(hope)is right on the mark. As reported by other media outlets, this board intends to reverse this new assignment plan by adding base assignments and diversity back into the plan. Once that happens this coming year's plan will go bye bye and we'll start the dance all over again. Along with constant reassignments.

  • missparrothead Jun 19, 2012

    No busing far away. Neighborhood schools. Pump up impoverished schools with more funding, and hire charismatic, motivational type teachers to help the lesser advantaged kids. Offer differentiated classes (AG, etc) to schools in the 'burbs, and oh yeah....raise taxes a bit if needed.

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