'Blue plan' appears to be Wake parents' favorite
Posted May 26, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.
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.