Wake County Schools

Wake school district takes issue with losing grant money

Posted October 20, 2010
Updated October 25, 2010

— The Wake County Public School System is taking issue with the U.S. Department of Education’s recent decision rejecting the school system's application for a $10.3 million magnet school grant.

In a letter last week, interim Superintendent Donna Hargens argued that one of the three judges made mistakes in scoring the application by using the wrong criteria and made other factual errors.

Hargens asked that the application be reconsidered.

The school system had wanted to use the funding from the Magnet Schools Assistance Program to help develop magnet programs at two middle schools and a high school.

Michael Evans, a spokesman for the school system, said Wednesday that district leaders do not believe the education department’s decision will be overturned since the grant money has already been awarded. They, however, did want to go on the record with their concerns.


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  • superman Oct 21, 2010

    Ms. Hagens certainly seems to be more than just knowledgeable in the scoring process. Was she there when the scoring took place. I do not believe that the federal government went into that much detail when they sent her a letter rejecting the application. Perhaps she would like to go into more detail and explain where and how she got that information.

  • superman Oct 21, 2010

    Lets do some math for the new school board. (1) they threw aways 3 million when they decided to scrap plans for a new school. (1) They lost this 10 million grant. Gained another one million grant this week. So far net loss 12 million-- and people still support this board. Ending diversity is getting very expensive. And just think this is only the beginning. They can lose millions more in federal funds. Dont you see it coming?