Wake County Schools

Nearly 14K households test Wake schools assignment plan

Posted June 28, 2011

— Nearly 14,000 Wake County households participated in a trial run of a proposed student assignment plan expected to go before the local school board for approval this fall, a school system spokesman said Tuesday.

The 12-day test drive of the Community-Based Choice plan, also referred to as the blue plan, allowed parents from 13,805 households to see how the Wake County Public School System could potentially place students in schools under a new student assignment policy that was adopted last year.

The blue plan allows parents to choose from four to six elementary schools, each linked with a middle and high school. Students get priority based on where they live and whether they have a sibling at the school. The plan also takes into account achievement balance and capacity at each school.

The plan is one of two that Superintendent Tony Tata introduced last month.

The other plan, the Base Schools Achievement plan, or green plan, is more 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.

Tata has said that school staff will look at the data and finalize the plan before seeking board approval in the fall.

The plan will take effect beginning with the 2012-2013 school year.


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  • bombayrunner Jun 29, 2011

    Arent we back right where we were when we voted for this thing a year ago? All this nonsense to do exactly what we were going to do in the first place. This is what happens when a bunch of whiners get loose in the process.

  • sw Jun 29, 2011

    The trial run allowed you to pick a school for the grade your child will be attending. It didn't tell you what other schools (middle, high) would be part of your selection. I'm not sure which plan is better, all I know is that I don't want my kid to be bused across the county or need to change schools every other year to accommodate this stupid balancing act. If my kid has bad grades, then I need to get him back on track. Busing him to a different school isn't going to change a thing if he's not getting the support from home. Let's cut more teachers and programs to pay for bus fuel.

  • Chilidawg Jun 29, 2011

    Whatever plan they finally decide on I bet that big Al Sharpton wanna be guy is going to have a problem with it.

  • blahz Jun 29, 2011

    the "blue" plan should be renamed the "lottery plan" with your odds weighted by where you live, but no guarantees...

    Tata says he picks the lottery plan, but it will include the best parts of the "green" plan..(what are they?) no details beyond that... so Tata decides it's the blue-lottery-green plan...

  • AWakeMom Jun 29, 2011

    45ACP - a "Federal Teacher" is a teacher that is paid through federal money. Mostly Title I and ESL teachers.

  • whatelseisnew Jun 29, 2011

    "The schools probably get well over 100 million in federal grants. The 30 million was given to another school system so the feds didnt save a dime of our taxpayer money."

    The real point is that NO Federal dollars should be going to education. None. It is not the role of Federal Government. But sadly, they are throwing money in the mix to force States to discriminate against Teachers and Students. Even worse, the very kids that are being harmed by this stuff, get to pay the bill. So much for that FREE education.

  • bill0 Jun 29, 2011

    "Just quit trying to appease everyone and get on with the only plan that makes sense, community based schools. "

    Neither of the plans are for community based schools. Frankly, almost nobody wants community based schools once they learn the details. What most parents really want it choice -whether that be the closest, the best, or a magnet school with a certain philosophy.

  • 45ACP Jun 29, 2011

    Superman--- "How many federal teachers will have to be moved to a different school? "

    What is a "Federal Teacher"???????

  • superman Jun 29, 2011

    Their plan is like if you decide to change the color of your living room from yellow to red. After you paint you realize that the curtains dont match, then you realize the furniture is the wrong color and then you realize the carpet doesnt match. There will be many changes and they dont even see them coming. Many programs in a school are dependent upon the students enrolled in that school. Handcapped, disadvantaged, Title I students.

  • superman Jun 29, 2011

    injameswetrust2003-- I guess you had trouble reading my post. I said most likely. It happened right after the Reverand filed a complaint with the Dept of Education in Washington. To get some information about Wake County and the federal grants-- do some research. The schools probably get well over 100 million in federal grants. The 30 million was given to another school system so the feds didnt save a dime of our taxpayer money.