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Wake Schools Makes Forbes Top Ten List

Posted February 23, 2004

— There are more honors for

Wake County Public Schools

.

Forbes Magazine

has named the school system third in the nation on its Top 10 list for the Best Education In The Biggest Cities.

"We have been working for a long time in partnership with lots of other people in the community to see this kind of thing happen," said Susan Parry, president of the Wake County School Board. "I think this is evidence of the fact that this has been very successful."

Wake County made the list based on such factors as its 67 percent high school graduation rate, housing affordability with the median home price in the area of $180,900 and the best access to educational resources like libraries, colleges and museums.

According to the magazine,

Forbes

looked at the 100 largest school districts in the most populous cities in the country, as determined by the U.S. Census Bureau, and selected the 10 school districts that fared best in all three categories.

"I think this [news] will continue to encourage growth with the community," Parry said.

Boston ranked No. 1 on the Forbes list, followed by Salt Lake City.

Friday, Wake County schools superintendent Bill McNeal was named National Superintendent of the Year.

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