Wake County Schools

Wake schools inundated with feedback on assignment plans

Posted May 24, 2011

— The Wake County Public School System has received hundreds of comments and questions about two student assignment proposals released Monday afternoon, a spokesman said Tuesday.

The district released drafts of the plans that have been in the works for months about the best way to implement a new policy on how to place children in schools.

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The so-called blue and green plans are aimed at maximizing student achievement while providing families with more stability and choice.

Since being released on the school system’s website 4 p.m. Monday, the district has had more than 100,000 Web page views and 3,500 document downloads.

A number of the more than 400 comments and questions have had to do with the lack of detail for individual assignment options, particularly for middle and high school placement, the school system said.

The plans are open for public comment until June 12, when they will be adjusted based on the feedback and put before the school board in mid-June.

The chosen plan would take effect with the 2012-13 school year.

Superintendent Tony Tata said Tuesday that the school system will also hold three community information meetings next week so that every member of the community as a voice in the process.

They are scheduled for 6 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, May 31 at Enloe High School, Millbrook Magnet High School and Athens Drive High School
  • Wednesday, June 1 at Panther Creek High School
  • Thursday, June 2 at Wake Forest-Rolesville High School, Garner Magnet High School, Sanderson High School, Cary High School and Holly Springs High School

Under the so-called "blue plan,” or the “Community-Based Choice” plan, parents can choose from a variety of four to six elementary schools, each linked with a middle and high school. Students get priority based on whether they have a sibling at the school or live close by, and the district takes into account achievement balance and capacity at any individual school.

The "green" plan, also known as the “Base Schools Achievement Plan,” is similar to the current assignment model. Under it, the school system assigns students based on student achievement, ensuring that students from low-performing areas end up at high-performing schools.

Both plans address community schools, better programming, diverse schools, equitable and efficient use of resources, stability and student achievement, Wake County schools Superintendent Tony Tata said.

“The two plans take different paths. I’d like people to consider which idea they prefer, while we work out the remaining details,” he said.


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  • beth27519 May 31, 2011

    Teachers and administrators who have to deal with the students that are bused in need to have a much bigger voice in this argument. The NAACP has no idea of how tired these kids are after they have been bused for over an hour to get to a "better school". Students and parents, as well as administrators, make the schools the "better schools".

    The NAACP does not have to deal with some of these unruly, tired, overwhelmed students. These students who are bused in need a great deal of support from their parents (earlier bedtimes) and a staff that understands their hardships.

    I do not believe busing is the answer. I believe more support in the closer school systems is the answer. I believe no matter where a student comes from or the hardships they suffer, if they want to succeed they can.


  • Shamrock May 27, 2011

    The people who do not have children pay more taxes and support the schools more than the parents. superman

    Care to explain where you come up with that theory? I have children and get no tax credits, if that is where you are going.

  • haggis basher May 25, 2011

    "If they just stick to using their common sense and ignore the racists from the NAACP and the other liberal fools who buy into that stuff, then the people that elected them will be happy with them. Couldn't care less about the rest."

    For most of them that was less than 20% of the electorate......they did not have anything like a mandate for this chaos.

  • haggis basher May 25, 2011

    "My idea: More than 70% of ALL NCEL monies, including 100% of ALL unclaimed prize monies should go towards building additional schools as needed per capita (demographically, of course). Comon, geez."

    They would simple remove equivalent funding from the general budget. lotteries are simply a tax on the mathematically incompetent and they do nothing for education spending in the longer run

  • haggis basher May 25, 2011

    "Sorry, makes too much sense. Someone will probably call you a racist."

    I don't know about that but I will call you misguided. Firstly the population is not evenly distributed so some areas would have far bigger numbers in their areas than others, secondly with circles you will either have huge overlaps or huge gaps, how are youi going to deal with that?, thirdly this will desegregate many schools and blight large areas of Raleigh in the process.

    This area has been been booming and Raleigh is one of the top cities in most ratings and you want to spoil that so little johnny does not have to get poor all over him and spend 10 more minutes on a bus rather than playing on his playstation?

  • haggis basher May 25, 2011

    "Public education is little more than public welfare! The people who do not have children pay more taxes and support the schools more than the parents."

    LOL and who do you think will be paying the soc. sec and medicare payments for those without kids once they retire...... that right, those kids who they help pay through school.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas May 25, 2011

    This bleeding wound just gets worse. Now we're told we won't see any of the rest of the plan until after it's voted upon.

    Don't know about you guys, but this settles it for me, the guy the lunatic board has brought in to run the system has no idea what he's doing. This is no different than what the last gang did. Telling us one thing and doing another.

  • wakemom May 25, 2011

    "I'm sick of having to accommodate for minorities. If you want to end up in a high performing school, then work hard so you actually achieve it on your own instead of having the NAACP whine and complain until all of the minorities get what they want without having to work for it. It's sickening. Just the same as welfare- just a handout for lazy people. smack" Ok, are you serious? So the only people on welfare are minorities and minorities do not believe in working hard. Again, are you serious?

    this is a very funny post. you arent doing anything for me! (i dont think YaNot actually posted all of this. but i see that these two plan presented (although incomplete) has caused tables to turn with some ppl. just like someone posted in another story, those on the outerbelt line are the whiners now.

  • superman May 25, 2011

    Public education is little more than public welfare! The people who do not have children pay more taxes and support the schools more than the parents. That being said, the plan is nothing more than a plan. The board will decide what they want regardless of the supt or the parents. It is apparent that the board does whatever they want to anyway. Who do they plan to fill each school to capacity so that we dont have empty or underused schools? Some parents will not have a choice. By the way, the schools are different than Burger King-- you dont have it your way.

  • westernwake1 May 24, 2011

    It is good to see the two plans presented by Wake County and that the community is actively involved and giving feedback. It is clear that more information is needed on middle and high school assignments - however this is a good starting point.

    I expect that the majority of parents will support the plan that offers choice and flexibility in assignment - and does not lead to forced bussing to meet social-economic "goals".