Wake County Schools

As parents experiment with student assignment, Wake school board meets

Posted June 12, 2011

— Wake County parents can experiment with ranking the schools where they would prefer to send their children beginning Monday at 5 p.m. Leaders of the Wake County Public School System set up the trial run to see what choices parents would make if given the option.

The “Community-Based Choice” plan (the "blue" plan) allows parents to 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.

Test drive the "blue plan"

The alternative, the “Base Schools Achievement " or "green" 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.

Superintendent Tony Tata introduced the two plans last month, and parents had through Sunday to read them over and share their comments on the district's website. The pages were visited more then 280,000 times and almost 2,000 visitors left a comment, according to Michael Evans, a spokesman for the Wake County Public School System. Of those who left a message, 682 indicated a preference for the blue plan, Evans said.

Tata called a special work session Monday at 5:30 p.m. to brief the Board of Education. He has said he hopes to have a single plan for the school board to consider at its June 21 meeting.

The plans are alternative courses of action to replace the district's current long-standing policy of assigning students based on socio-economic diversity in favor of a policy that assigns students based on where they live. 

The state NAACP, which has been vocal in its opposition to the change in student assignment, sent a letter Monday to Tata asking for a meeting about the proposals. 

Rev. William Barber, the president of the group, wrote, "How will either of the proposed plans ensure, with built-in and concrete corrective mechanisms that any significant increase in re-segregation will trigger, that Wake County will not create or increase racially identifiable, high-poverty schools?"


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  • blahz Jun 13, 2011

    Tata doesn't have a clue, he has an agenda; it's the Tata & Barber dog and pony show, what an embarassment both sides

  • pyranna Jun 13, 2011

    How many people does it take to get Barber free from the wash room?

  • pyranna Jun 13, 2011

    Question: When Barber gets busted how many people does it take to get him out of WHAT????, huh????

  • Jbmat Jun 13, 2011

    It's like a day without sunshine if the Wake County School Board isn't among the headlines. At least Gen Tata has a clue, unlike the school board. If you let the parents decide, they can't complain.
    Go back to your snack tray Rev. Barber.

  • blahz Jun 13, 2011

    real nice, parents can now "test drive" the blue plan, but sorry no longer able to provide comments, what's the point in a "test drive" if a person cannot then comment on it??... BRILLIANT!

  • housemanagercary Jun 13, 2011

    Wake County stinks!!! Our son was re-assigned already to a far away from home school, and this is going to happen again for next school year (2012-2013).

    That's why we're trying to change it... *crickets*

  • paulawindley Jun 13, 2011

    Wake County stinks!!! Our son was re-assigned already to a far away from home school, and this is going to happen again for next school year (2012-2013).

  • Amusedone Jun 13, 2011

    Barber is more interested in Wake County because there are more news outlets here...he can get his name in the news more.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Jun 13, 2011

    "WOW! the other story dropped comments like a bad habit!"


  • westernwake1 Jun 13, 2011

    Maybe Barber needs to fix the school system in Wayne County before he comes to Wake County. Let's take a look at Goldsboro High School as a typical example in Wayne County.


    Test Scores Well Below state Averages: Check
    School Rated "Expected Growth Not Achieved" : Check
    Few Minorities Move on to College: Check
    High Minority Drop Out Rate: Check

    When is Rev Barber going to protest and fix the public school problems in Wayne County - which has many 'racially identifiable, high-poverty schools'.