Wake County Schools

Wake school board approves part of reassignment plan

Posted February 1, 2011
Updated February 2, 2011

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— After nearly two hours of discussion and individual votes on each change, the Wake County school board on Tuesday approved part of a student assignment plan that will affect nearly 4,000 students in the upcoming academic year.

The board had planned a single vote on dozens of changes aimed at helping manage student growth next year and to fill Walnut Creek Elementary School in southeast Raleigh, but decided to vote on each change after board member Kevin Hill suggested dropping more than two dozen of the changes.

Ultimately, three changes were removed from the proposal that Laura Evans, senior director of the school system’s growth and planning departments, said she did not think would have a negative impact on overall reassignment.

The board didn't address changes to the proposal made after a series of public hearings. The board expects to approve them at a public hearing on Feb. 15.

The reassignment plan – the final phase of a three-year plan put in place in 2008 – has drawn ire from board critics who oppose the district’s controversial new student assignment policy, which assigns to students to schools based on where they live.

It replaces a decade-old practice of busing students so that no school has more than 40 percent of students receiving free or reduced lunches. Many are concerned that changing the policy will segregate schools and deny children who are economically disadvantaged from receiving the same level of education as their counterparts.

Next year’s changes, critics say, will begin that process.

Great Schools in Wake County says nearly 90 percent of students affected are economically disadvantaged children being reassigned to high-poverty schools in their own neighborhoods.

“Please hold off on making these detrimental moves,” one person said during the public comment period at Tuesday’s board meeting, adding that the plan will also mean the “death of magnet schools.”

Proponents of magnet schools are concerned because the reassignment plan will take away seats in magnet schools, which draw students from other parts of the school district.

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  • sgtdub Feb 2, 2011

    @RGMTrocks Your pretty smart yourself DITTO!! lol

  • wakemom Feb 2, 2011

    sorry but as said here many times before.... your opinion doesnt count bc you dont live in wake county.. sorry i didnt make the rules.

    Wellll, if my opinion doesn't count from a neighboring county then neither does the national commedian's or the far-flung NAACP and all the others brought in to oppose the Wake School Board. Though it seems that as far as you're concerned, nobody's opinion counts but yours. I hope your kids learn some open-mindedness at whatever school they're attending b/c apparently they aren't gonna learn that at home. Just sayin.......
    RGMTRocks

    all of what you just stated has been said before about NAACP and the comedian. etc.... now you're on repeat. shows this is an on-going cycle. neverending. and my kids are perfectly fine! thanks for being concerned about other children and not your owns! (as with most on here)

  • Freakazoid Feb 2, 2011

    wakemom - then change the school!!!!! WakeCares managed to be heard and therefore make a real change, why can't the same be done for individual schools. No bussing. Make the changes where it counts. Fight for the proper allotment of funding. Make them bring in good teachers, BE A PART of making that school worth a da mn. Sending the kids to different schools is not going to help the ones forced to stay behind.

  • RGMTRocks Feb 2, 2011

    sorry but as said here many times before.... your opinion doesnt count bc you dont live in wake county.. sorry i didnt make the rules.

    Wellll, if my opinion doesn't count from a neighboring county then neither does the national commedian's or the far-flung NAACP and all the others brought in to oppose the Wake School Board. Though it seems that as far as you're concerned, nobody's opinion counts but yours. I hope your kids learn some open-mindedness at whatever school they're attending b/c apparently they aren't gonna learn that at home. Just sayin.......

  • wakemom Feb 2, 2011

    again, I'm not in Wake. My child is in middle school. The neighborhood middle school is not a good option - because there are TONS of behavioral problems there and they are caused by kids who are bussed in from other parts of the county to make it diverse - which it is far from being. Hmmmmmmmm. So, I looked for better options, won a lottery spot while taking a chance on a brand new charter school that has no busses and no cafeteria. It was a leap of faith that turned out well. I take her there, pick her up and provide her lunch. I also work full time and volunteer a lot at the school to make it the best that it can be......Many of the other parents are same and therefore we have a great school. See how that works?
    RGMTRocks

    sorry but as said here many times before.... your opinion doesnt count bc you dont live in wake county.. sorry i didnt make the rules.

  • wakemom Feb 2, 2011

    there you go assuming again. my concern was about this new elementary school which is all i have been talking about until now. you folks take things and run further with it just to be seen. i dont need anybody to give me or my family anything. i work like you do! my kids go to school and are very well educated like yours! they are well-rounded kids and they have their parents that are heavily involved in their schools.. like you and yours! so why cant some of you people accept the fact that not everybody is against you just because they are black. get it through your head! MAJORITY of us want the samethings you want in GIVE our kids the same things YOU GIVE YOURS! so again before YOU AND other start knocking down others bc of where they live, look at yourself. but until then let the yellow bus drive on....

  • RGMTRocks Feb 2, 2011

    sgtdub.....how DID you get so smart? I think I love you. ha ha

  • RGMTRocks Feb 2, 2011

    again, I'm not in Wake. My child is in middle school. The neighborhood middle school is not a good option - because there are TONS of behavioral problems there and they are caused by kids who are bussed in from other parts of the county to make it diverse - which it is far from being. Hmmmmmmmm. So, I looked for better options, won a lottery spot while taking a chance on a brand new charter school that has no busses and no cafeteria. It was a leap of faith that turned out well. I take her there, pick her up and provide her lunch. I also work full time and volunteer a lot at the school to make it the best that it can be......Many of the other parents are same and therefore we have a great school. See how that works?

  • sgtdub Feb 2, 2011

    @wakemom.. Its seems that we are all wrong and you are right.. I guess its the school systems fault huh? Im sorry but I just believe people would be better off if they stop crying about what they are not getting and go get it themselves assuming they are of able mind and body, of course I do impathise with those who dont have the mental capasities to achieve with out our help but everyone else is entitled to the same free education.

  • wakemom Feb 2, 2011

    here is another thought pertaining to magnet schools and busing kids. i went to an open house recently in SE RALEIGH.. THE HOOD AS YALL CALL IT..i saw so many whites and asians there that i couldnt believe it. why bc i read comments up here about neighborhood schools, magnets should be done with, SE RALEIGH, etc. well i went in the media center where the magnet resource team was there to answer questions. anyway i heard a parent say that they livd 20 miles from the school but wanted to know if a bus would come out there to pick up their child. maybe i shouldnt listen to you people up here. mainly it is the same 5 of you anyway that says neighborhood schools, magnets etc.. or am i missing something? you tell me? i wanna know more than just the go to school near where you live or move.

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