WRAL.com archive: Mandatory year-round school debate
The Wake County Board of Education voted Tuesday to return to a 2007 policy of not requiring parental consent when it comes to assigning students to year-round schools.
The North Carolina Supreme Court has upheld a ruling that the Wake County school system does not need parental consent to assign students to year-round schools.
A group of parents who have been fighting how Wake County handles school reassignment got their day in court Tuesday when the state Supreme Court heard their case.
Parents got to speak about changes to schools' calendars and magnet programs during a Wake County Board of Education meeting late Monday afternoon.
Baucom and Green Hope elementary schools will switch back to traditional schedules from their year-round calendars. Leesville Road Middle will go to year-round, however.
Some year-round schools in Wake County may change back to a traditional calendar.
The move comes after the state Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that Wake County school officials don't need to obtain parental consent to assign students to year-round schools.
Wake school leaders met Tuesday to discuss its next move in the ongoing battle over year-round schools following the state Supreme Court's stay of a previous ruling in favor of the district.
Round three in the court battle over year-round school has some Wake County parents frustrated over whether they should check 'yes' or 'no.'
The state Supreme Court issued an order Thursday that prevents the Wake County school system from assigning students to year-round schools without parental consent until the high scourt decides if it will hear arguments in the matter.
The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel means the Wake County school board has the authority to assign students to year-round schools without parental permission.
Wake County officials said Wednesday that they would like to take another look at the school district's plan to operate all new elementary and middle schools on year-round schedules and to convert some existing schools from a traditional calendar to year-round.
The fight over year-round schools went before the state appeals court Wednesday with attorneys on both sides of the issue presenting arguments.
The debate on whether year-round schools in Wake County remain voluntary goes before the North Carolina Court of Appeals Wednesday.
Year-round schools fit more kids because of the rotating schedules, so more year-round means fewer schools to build, officials said. By 2025, the school system says it needs 65 more elementary and middle schools. That's if they're year-round.
Year-round schools in Wake County will open their doors Monday morning, but at least one school is scrambling to make last-minute changes after posting low enrollment numbers.
The state Court of Appeals denied a request from the Wake County school board to be able to place new students in year-round schools without parental consent.
Judges rebuffed a request that they hold up a requirement for parental permission for students enrolling after June 4.
When Judge Howard Manning ruled that year-round schools must be voluntary, Wake School Board members said it resulted in diversity in some schools being thrown out of whack.
The Wake County school board approved a plan to find spots for more than 2,600 students opting out of year-round schools. However, the board remained undecided about what to do with some schools in the Garner area.
Since more than 2,500 Wake County families opted for traditional-calendar schools instead of year-round, the school board spent four hours Wednesday trying to sort out where those students will go next year.
Ninety-five percent of parents with children assigned to year-round schools for the fall are opting to stay there, Wake County Public School System officials said Wednesday.
Some of the year-round parental consent forms are in, and a majority of Wake County families have given permission for their children to be placed in year-round schools.
Friday was the final day for Wake County parents to return year-round consent forms. So far, most parents have agreed to allow their kids to attend a year-round school.
Tensions between the Wake County Board of Education and the Board of Commissioners continued to simmer Wednesday when the two groups met to discuss the annual budget for the school district.
Some community leaders said Monday that the pressure to find seats for thousands of new students could disrupt the racial and socio-economic diversity of Wake County classrooms.
The uncertainty over year-round school assignments is also affecting summer camps and programs catering to year-round students during their breaks from school.
The Wake County school system's year-round school permission letters have created a window of opportunity for some who were previously denied a chance to enroll in a year-round school.
WakeCares says it is hearing that groups are organizing to encourage parents not to consent to voluntary year-round enrollment.
Wake County school board members said Tuesday they would mail out permission letters to families of about 32,000 students being considered for year-round school assignments.
The Wake County school board decided to appeal a judge's ruling against mandatory year-round schools and move ahead with a planned conversion of 22 schools.
A court order blocking the conversion of 22 Wake County schools to a year-round calendar left scores of parents fuming Thursday, saying they had already rearranged their schedules to prepare for the shift.
The Wake County school system cannot convert 22 traditional-calendar schools to year-round schedules this summer, a judge ruled Thursday.
An attorney for the Wake County school system argued Wednesday that the district has the authority to assign students to schools and parents don't have the right to pick a school calendar.
Answering papers in a lawsuit over year-round school conversion say the alternative may be split schedules.
A parents group on Tuesday asked a judge to enjoin the school board from switching 22 schools to a mandatory year-round schedule.
A group of mayors and other opponents of mandatory year-round schools are threatening to sue the Wake County Board of Education .
A disagreement over money between Wake County commissioners and school board members will keep several year-round classrooms from opening in time for the start of next school year.
Raleigh's Chamber of Commerce is asking the Wake school board and the county commissioners to work together on a year-round school plan that has split the two groups.
The debate over mandatory year-round school in Wake County continues as some school board members say they feel that county commissioners backed out on a deal.
Wake County commissioners voted Monday in favor of withholding $3.4 million to convert existing public schools to a mandatory year-round schedule, saying they need more time to study the plan.