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Apex Parents Have Different View of Year-Round School Debate

Posted February 27, 2007

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— Dozens of Wake County parents have voiced their displeasure over their children going from a traditional school calendar to  a year-round school calendar, but several parents at one Apex school are seeing their schedules turned upside down in a different way.

The parents of rising sixth-graders want their children to make the short walk from West Lake Elementary School to West Lake Middle School, but since it would not be the students' base school, there is a chance their kids will be placed on a traditional calendar as part of the new reassignment plan.

Many parents said they have fallen in love with the year-round lifestyle.

"So now to say that we've got to go traditional -- after hearing all these traditional parents, saying we want to stay traditional -- that's just hard," said parent Shery Buser.

West Lake Middle School Principal Dr. Gregory Decker also knows the district has to make room for 8,000 new students next year.

"I'm very sympathetic to what is going on here," he said. "Parents are comfortable with what they have. You're going to have the year-round people that want to stay year-round and the traditional that want to stay traditional because change is tough."

According to Wake County schools, families will be notified of the results from their magnet and calendar applications and their track assignment (if year-round) on March 15.
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  • rachel_elizabeth Mar 7, 2007

    As a student from the year-round school system 10-15 years ago, I really enjoyed the schedule. I liked that we had breaks scheduled throughout the year so we wouldn't get burned out. Also, I think there is more opportunity to take different kinds of vacations during the non-summer months because the rates are cheaper if you take a vacation in non-peak months like November or Febrauary rather than July. And all tracks have a vacation period during the warm months plus the 4th of July week off. I don't understand why people are stuck in the traditional calendar - this is for the kids!

  • Warden Feb 27, 2007

    El Doggo, you're not kidding. Most of the time, I'm more interested in the commentary that follows the stories than the reports themselves. Since I don't have kids in school in this area, this whole thing is more than I can wrap my head around. Things are certainly much, much different from my own school days!

  • El Doggo Feb 27, 2007

    Ok, Warden. I missread your message anyway. I thought you were referring to all of the grousing being done here. From these messages you can get a better pulse of the situation than from the news stories - sometimes

  • oceanchild71 Feb 27, 2007

    Public school teachers would like to see choice, thank you very much, especially since most teachers are parents themselves. The only thing that teachers don't want is to be constantly given students who have no involved parents at home and students who someone else just passed along without making sure they mastered the required skills they were supposed to.

    I agree, there are some deadbeat teachers. However, there are deadbeats in EVERY profession. Most of the problems start at home. When my students can't spend $2.00 on a binder but can carry around a cell phone at age 14, there's something wrong. When a student is held back in 7th grade, makes "D's" all year in 7th grade again and then is magically skipped to 9th, why aren't the parents questioning the school? Why aren't parents asking themselves what skills or knowledge base should my child have mastered by now? I agree that the school system is messed up, but it is a reflection of what we have to deal with every day.

  • ty will belabor a point Feb 27, 2007

    I actually did say "funded" but my bad I didn't clarify. I meant "funded" from the same trough as public schools. My thought process meant "mandated".

  • ty will belabor a point Feb 27, 2007

    Ummmm, guess again. I'm actually extremely familiar with the funding of charter schools. The funding is essentially based on a per seat allocation which is a percent of what is used to fund a child in a public school. I agree with you it isn't the full amount but my comment said nothing about funding did it? Where charter schools fail, is in the cirriculum which is mandated by the state to kowtow to the same doctrine as the public school system. Public schools don't fear charter, it's the same school system merely dressed up. The Public School teachers and Unions fear school choice because if parents can get a refund from the state to educate their children on how best they see fit, then the same unions and slack teachers will have to work hard. Sorry for the confusion.

  • myview Feb 27, 2007

    Sorry, Tyrohne, but you obviously have little knowledge of Charter schools. First, they do not receive all the funding that the public schools receive. That has to be supplemented by parents through money and volunteering of time, which is a great way to get more parental involvement in the schools. Secondly, there are few similarities between what goes on inside the Charter schools and the public - outside the mandated curriculum. The public schools fear the Charter schools, because if they can't keep the cap on the number of Charters allowed, then all of the knowledgeable parents will pull out all of their qualified students and put them in Charter schools, and there will be no one left to hold up the scores, and the system will implode on itself, failing under it's own uneducated weight.

  • Warden Feb 27, 2007

    Sorry, El Doggo, I'm no member of any boards or committees. :) I just feel like most parents already know what the issue is, and have already decided how they feel about it.

    My 'tude is for the newswriter's seemimgly exciting story that provided no real new info - but had a headline that made it sound as if the majority of Apex parents had come together in consensus on the matter. One family's specific complaint doesn't a news story make. At least, not to a codger like me.

  • ty will belabor a point Feb 27, 2007

    Charter schools are really just Public Schools dressed up. They're funded the same way. You can put a pig in a dress but it doesn't change the Pig. Schools will continue to get worse until the public does something about it and demand choice.

  • myview Feb 27, 2007

    It's a proven fact endorsed by teachers that year-round is easier on the children's education and learning habits - a long break, like a full summer interupts the learning pattern, and kids take a long time in the fall to get back into the learning 'mode'. More frequent, shorter breaks appear better.

    I have our kids in a Charter school, and in agreement with others, I wouldn't go back to that failed public school system if you paid me 10 times over. The Charter school our kids attend teach more than the basics - things like respect for their peers, teachers and elders, how to stand in line and behave, how to say "yes sir" or "no sir", how to have basic abilities to correctly interact with others of a civilized society, something that seems to have been forgotten in the politically-correct public school system. I agree with El Doggo - they have really screwed things up.

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