Wake schools inundated with feedback on assignment plans
Posted May 24, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.
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.