Wake County Schools

Deadline at hand to comment on Wake school assignment maps

Posted September 27, 2010

— Monday was the last day Wake County parents could comment on the student assignment zone maps proposed by the Board of Education as it transitions students to neighborhood schools.

The maps are the first step in the process of dismantling Wake County's long-standing system of assigning students to schools to achieve socio-economic balance.

The board majority, elected in November, has worked toward changing the student assignment policy since taking office.

The Student Assignment Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at the school district administration building at 3600 Wake Forest Road in Raleigh. WRAL.com will stream live video from Tuesday's meeting.

The committee developed four options for geographical student assignment and posted them for public comment on Aug. 31. The committee's preferred map focuses on high schools as the basis for the zones.

Parents could access student achievement, graduation rates and demographic data linked to the proposed zones to inform their comment.

The comments have varied from those for community-based schools to those with concerns.

"The proposed assignment is anti community and anti neighborhood. It removes kids from schools that are practically in sight of their homes,” a Raleigh resident posted online.

"Love the ability to go to community schools and the idea of more continuity,” an Apex resident posted.

A Fuquay-Varina resident posted a comment about the lack of magnet school options.

"In the proposed zone for Fuquay, there are not magnet options nor year-round middle school options,” the Fuquay-Varina resident wrote.

School board members have stressed that the preliminary student assignment zone maps could see many changes based on public feedback.


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  • driverkid3 Sep 30, 2010

    When the other party had control of the school board, they didn't give a hoot or holler about what folks wanted. When they got voted out, they got their knickers all twisted and out of shape. I say to them now: DEAL WITH IT! If you had done such a great job, you would have stayed in control.

  • FedUpAmerican Sep 29, 2010

    mdscgardner... you said, "We are surrounded by the smartest people in the world,"
    Apparently not....

  • mdscgardner Sep 28, 2010

    The real cost issue for Wake Co. is not which side of the diversity issue you are on, but how the next two, three or four Wake Co. School Board elections turn out. I can see where the minority becomes the majority and then switches back in the next election. The result will be the current board undoing the previous board's agenda. The NAACP and others (myself included) have succeeded in polarizing this issue to the point where for years to come the kids of Wake Co. will loose in the battle.
    We have bigger fights ahead. Isn't it time for us all to work together and make Wake Co. schools the best for education? We are surrounded by the smartest people in the world, surely we can find an answer to this and move forward without law suits, arrest and name calling.

  • soyousay Sep 27, 2010


    nOW tHAT iS OUt oF THe WaY

  • soyousay Sep 27, 2010

    line..I recently read a Supreme court ruling that was all about this stuff.

    stuff...brillant and insightful

  • rand321 Sep 27, 2010

    do not worry what the naacp lawsuit will cost, worry about what all the changes, increased busing for choice and increased resources at high poverty schools will cost you. couple that with a big drop in state and federal funding, the taxpayers of Wake County are going to be asked to come up with millions more.

    the school board has a lot bigger worries than Barber or the reassignment plans. they need to figure out their budgets

  • bombayrunner Sep 27, 2010

    Let Barber rant all he wants ... he ain't gonna win. I recently read a Supreme court ruling that was all about this stuff. He is going to have a difficult time convincing anyone he has a case. He is trying to push folks into making it a race issue, which it is not, where he might remotely have a chance of doing anything. Socioeconomic does not mean there is a race issues Mr Barber. Whine all you want ... I can see it now, moritoriums, and all the little picadillos coming out. Waste of good $$ is all you will cause.

  • injameswetrust2003 Sep 27, 2010

    This whole NAACP vs. Wake Schools is getting ridiculous. What I wanna know is, how much is this lawsuit gonna cost me???

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  • chrisbax34 Sep 27, 2010

    Fatch it's not based on race it's income. Only rev barber and NAACP ate making it about race