Wake County Schools

Tata unveils assignment proposal that boosts parental choice

Posted June 21, 2011
Updated June 22, 2011

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— Wake County schools Superintendent Tony Tata presented a student assignment proposal that he says prioritizes parental choice to the school board Tuesday.

"Parents say they want choice and we are going to have choice moving forward," Tata said.

After considering several assignment options and compiling feedback from parents, the school system narrowed in on two assignment plans – the "blue," or Community-Based Choice, plan and the "green," or Base Schools Achievement, plan.

Tata said his current proposal is a blend of the best of both plans.

"We are calling it the Wake Student Assignment Plan," he said, adding that he hopes to have an assignment plan finalized and in place by October.

Tata unveils assignment proposal that boosts parental choice Tata unveils assignment proposal that boosts parental choice

Nearly 11,600 families participated in an online "test drive" of the proposed blue plan to help district leaders gather data on what is most important for the school system's families.

At a work session before the school board's full committee meeting Tuesday, district leaders shared some of that preliminary data, which they said helped the current assignment proposal take shape. 

Having multiple school choices is somewhat or very important to 91 percent of test drive participants, a guaranteed middle and high school feeder pattern is important to 89 percent and attending school close to home is somewhat or very important to 88 percent, Student Assignment Task Force team leader James Overman told the school board.

John Tedesco, who was selected as vice-chair of the school board after a vote that took more than two hours and 56 ballots to reach a majority, praised Tata's plan.

"It's what's right for Wake County, what's right for our families, our kids," Tedesco said.

Board member Keith Sutton, who has been an outspoken proponent of drafting an assignment plan that prioritizes balancing diversity in the system's schools, said he is open to change as long as balance is still there.

"A focus on student achievement, making sure achievement balances across schools, I can live with that," he said.

At the Board of Education's regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday evening, the board voted unanimously to rejoin the North Carolina School Board Association and approved Tata's $313.5 million budget proposal.

The board also voted in favor of changing the bell schedule to add ten minutes to the end of the school day starting in the 2011-2012 school year.

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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 22, 2011

    Barber claims he's a reverend.

    Does anybody know what church he's the reverend of?

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 22, 2011

    "SocialistObama: we had it that way once. The unification of all districts into the WCPSS solved several economic and segregation problems. You should learn your history, lest you repeat the same mistakes."

    Our neighborhoods are no longer segregated by race so this history lesson is a moot point.

  • injameswetrust2003 Jun 22, 2011

    "As far as Barber, he is just as much right to voice his opinion as any one else on this issue."

    I disagree. Barber is paid to do what he does, which is stir up trouble. Barber does not speak for me.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 22, 2011

    WCPSS needs to be busted up into small pieces including school districts for Raleigh, North Raleigh, Wake Forest, Apex, Cary, Fuquay, Garner, Knightdale/Wendell/Zebulon, and the remainder of Wake County.

    WCPSS is too large to properly serve all of Wake County with the different needs that each area has.

    One size fits all isn't working.

  • Krimson Jun 22, 2011

    WhatElseIsNew: The fact that you believe the NAACP is a "racist" organization is more an indictment of your own views than it is of the NAACP.

  • Krimson Jun 22, 2011

    SocialistObama: we had it that way once. The unification of all districts into the WCPSS solved several economic and segregation problems. You should learn your history, lest you repeat the same mistakes.

  • whatelseisnew Jun 22, 2011

    "As far as Barber, he is just as much right to voice his opinion as any one else on this issue."

    No he does not. He does not live in Wake County. He does not hold elected office. He is a racist that heads up a racist organization.

  • whatelseisnew Jun 22, 2011

    "Barber has a "dog in this race" because he is the President of the NORTH CAROLINA NAACP, and members of the NAACP live in Wake Co. And yeah, the NAACP is doing something about Wayne: "

    This racist Barber who heads a Racist organization has no dog in anything let alone a school system that is finally at least attempting to get away from the racist policies of the prior school board and school superintendent.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 22, 2011

    Only way to have neighborhood schools is to bust up WCPSS into small pieces including school districts for Raleigh, North Raleigh, Wake Forest, Apex, Cary, Fuquay, Garner, Knightdale/Wendell/Zebulon, and the remainder of Wake County.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 22, 2011

    Education begins in the home. That's why there is a direct correlation between income and education. People who value education have kids who do well in school.

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