Wake County Schools

'Blue plan' appears to be Wake parents' favorite

Posted May 26, 2011

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— Three days after the Wake County superintendent introduced two alternatives for student assignment, community members appear to have a clear favorite.

Since their release, the plans have been viewed more than 164,000 times, and visitors to the district website have downloaded more than 5,500 pages of documents and left 782 comments. Of those, 264 comments are in favor of the "blue" plan, a district spokesman said Thursday.

Under the so-called "blue plan,” or the “Community-Based Choice Plan," parents can choose from four to six elementary schools, each linked with a middle school and a 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 achievement, ensuring that students from low-performing areas end up at high-performing schools. Sixty-six comments have been posted in favor of the "green" plan.

wake parent Community chiming in on Wake student assignment plans

The public school system posted drafts of the plans online Monday afternoon, and feedback has been flowing in ever since. 

Three public meetings on the plans are scheduled next week. They begin at 6 p.m.: 

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

The plans are open for public comment until June 12, when they will be adjusted based on the feedback and taken to the school board for a vote. The chosen plan would take effect with the 2012-13 school year.

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  • Wake1 May 31, 2011

    Where's Tedesco??

  • bg4110 May 26, 2011

    If 264 like the blue plan and 66 like the green plan, what do the other 452 people think?

  • footballrocks177 May 26, 2011

    Yes, the "blue" plan will pass because it's Tata's choice not whether anyone else thinks its good or not. The "blue" plan seems more complicated than what we do now so why change it? Oh, I'm sorry because the sensible thing to do is never done. We are talking about the school system after all.

  • ICTrue May 26, 2011

    "The reality is... not everyone will be happy, and here in America, if for some reason your unhappy... you sue." mep

    You are right and I couldn't care less if everybody is happy as long as the right people are happy. Based on recent trends at the voting booths, that is trending in the right direction.

  • ICTrue May 26, 2011

    Wasn't that determined at the last school board election? Quit beating a dead horse and do it already.

  • mep May 26, 2011

    The reality is... not everyone will be happy, and here in America, if for some reason your unhappy... you sue.

  • Fuquayone May 26, 2011

    Hi IMHO05,

    Currently our neighborhood in rural Fuquay has 3 elementary buses, 2 middle school buses, and 1 high school bus. They do it now, just without parental choice.

  • sammyg May 26, 2011

    Of course Wake parents want the Blue plan, we want our kids going to neighborhood schools...duh!

  • superman May 26, 2011

    How do they plan to make sure that the schools have full occupancy. Wont some students have to be reassigned to fill the space or we just going to build more schools? Wish we had a Burger King close by so I could have it my way.

  • IMHO05 May 26, 2011

    "So if 1 neighborhood has kids going to 4-6 schools, how will they handle busing everyone?"

    Wonder the same thing myself if you have kids in one neighborhood going to 4 different elementary schools, 3 different middle schools and three different high schools (given all of the choices) how are you going to cost-effectively get them there?

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