Wake County Schools

Wake schools' accreditation review likely next month

Posted November 11, 2010
Updated November 12, 2010

Wake County Public School System

— A national accreditation group that will review recent changes in the Wake County Public School System could pay a visit next month.

Jennifer Oliver, a spokeswoman for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, said the AdvancEd team is still finalizing dates for a two-day visit but that it appears that it will likely happen during the first half of December.

“Our team will interview each of the board members, the superintendent, members of her senior staff and various individuals from the community,” Oliver said. “Additionally, the team will visit a sampling of high schools.”

Wake schools Interim Superintendent Donna Hargens, School Board Chairman Ron Margiotta and others met last week with AdvanceEd to discuss the focus of the visit and the activities and interviews that would take place on the visit, she added.

The review comes in response to a complaint filed in March by the North Carolina Chapter of the NAACP, in response to the school system’s controversial idea to move away from an assignment policy of busing students toward community-based schools.

Opponents fear the plan will segregate schools and prevent lower income students from receiving the same quality of education as their counterparts.

Oliver said the team will submit a report to AdvanceEd that would include any actions that the school system should take to meet accreditation standards.

The report will be reviewed and be available approximately 30 to 45 days after the visit, she said.

If the school system is found to be in violation of SACS standards and doesn't comply with them, each of Wake County's 24 high schools could eventually lose its accreditation.

Accreditation is important, because it can be used as a factor in determining a high school student’s acceptance to a higher institution of learning.


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  • ICTrue Nov 12, 2010

    "Is your kid better than mine? meaning they deserve better than mine? You dont want my kid to have the same chance at education as yours?" jscletsplay1002002

    I don't know your situation and you don't know mine. I suggest you get over yourself and open your eyes to reality. Kids are better off in neighborhood schools where they don't have to travel all over the county and there is more parent involvement, period.

  • jscletsplay1002002 Nov 12, 2010


    Ignorance is not looking at all possible ways of school reassignments that is in the best interests of all wake county school children. Wake County Public schools belong to all tax payers of Wake county, not the ones that just live in that community.

    Is your kid better than mine? meaning they deserve better than mine?
    You dont want my kid to have the same chance at education as yours?

  • ICTrue Nov 12, 2010

    "Great job Barber you stopped the elites from thinking they are better than everyone else and they have to have the same schooling as the poor and middle class." jscletsplay1002002

    Ignorance is bliss

  • jscletsplay1002002 Nov 12, 2010

    They wont be taken off the "BEST OF LIST" because the schol board will have to bend to what they need to and that is not changing the school assignments as they wanted to do.
    Great job Barber you stopped the elites from thinking they are better than everyone else and they have to have the same schooling as the poor and middle class.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Nov 12, 2010

    Boy, if anyone thinks these clowns are going to storm into Wake County and dump our schools from their "best of list" you're nuts. Barber will be handed yet another blow to his ignorant and out of touch agenda and hopefully that will be the end of him interfering in our children's futures.

  • Leftwing Nov 12, 2010

    Barber and the NAACCP should focus on their core problems - getting the racial community they are supposed to serve - to fix that communitys core problems. I get so frustrated when they hold schools and teachers accountable for each childs total success. Unfortunately Barber and his groups don't read these postings.

  • ICTrue Nov 12, 2010

    In taking the letter from Barber, possibly the most racist man in North Carolina, this AdvancEd team is showing that they are a joke. This has nothing to do with the quality of education, which is what they are supposed to be concerned with. They obviously care only about advancing their own liberal agenda.

  • common_sense_plz Nov 12, 2010

    I believe that in an earlier report (a few months ago) Local colleges said that they do not consider a schools accredition, as they are aware of all wake countys high schools. If the NAACP would stop whining, and get involved with these at risk students, they may just do better in school, but not as long they continue "we are victims" mess. Whether any student achieves is up to them, and you cannot succeed as long as you have a victims mind set. Yes it is that simple.

  • Nancy Nov 12, 2010

    The only reason they are showing up is because of the NAACP and like minded groups - what I want to see are past accreditation reports this group has given WCPSS, they seem to have disappeared off their site.

    Education is the goal, not social gerrymandering. Each student has the same option, to go to school to learn. We see that some take it more seriously than others.

  • itom68 Nov 12, 2010

    These schools are "accredited"

    come on

    But they will cave. You watch