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Parents to Get Transfer Options for Students at Failing Wake Schools

Posted July 16, 2007
Updated August 20, 2007

— Wake County parents who have children attending 10 public elementary schools will likely have a choice of two other schools to which they can send their children if the schools fail to meet federal No Child Left Behind standards.

Board of Education members decided on the list of alternate schools Tuesday in anticipation of a July 25 federal report that may show the schools did not measure up on the state's standardized reading and math tests.

Those schools affected are Brentwood, Durant Road, Fuller, Green, Harris Creek, Millbrook, Powell, Wendell, Wilburn and York.

Federal law requires school systems to allow students the option to transfer if a school fails to meet the NCLB standards for two consecutive years.

Historically, in Wake County, only 1 percent of students end up moving to another school, but the potential number that could transfer could make the school system, already troubled by booming population growth, more complicated.

"We're going to have to find space for those students who wish to transfer out of those schools," school board member Rosa Gill said Tuesday. "That may cause an increase in the number of students. We will have a capacity issue."

After the test results are released, parents will likely receive a letter informing them of their other school options, which are based on where the child is assigned and whether it is on a year-round schedule.

Although most parents will have two options some of those with children attending Fuller Elementary School will only have one option. Criteria for selecting alternate schools include the potential impact on the school of choice, transportation patterns, availability of services and available space.

School administrators said changing and more-difficult testing standards were two main factors in the schools' failures to meet federal guidelines.

"As far as I'm concerned, this is an opportunity," Powell Elementary School Principal Jimmy Sposato said.

His students first fell behind on their math scores during the 2005-2006 school year, he said. Only two students decided to transfer then.
Schools must stay on the list for two years before they can be removed off it. Powell has one more school year before it will be off it.

"We're all about academic achievement and growth," Sposato said. "This is one way for us to improve and get out of sanctions."

After three consecutive years of failing grades, tutoring must be provided for students, and principals and teachers risk being terminated if a fourth year of failure occurs.


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  • mothermac Aug 20, 2007

    I may be making a naive comment, since both of my children went to private school, (only because of the mess in Wake Co. school system)but allowing children to transfer from a school not making the grade, doesn't that just shuffle students around, along with their problems? Won't that allow all the "smart" children to transfer leaving even more of a problem at the school or requiring yet another redistricting?

  • NoToIllegals Jul 19, 2007

    In response to BLESSED;

    I quote; "Let's face it, right now we are all out here reading a website instead of working at our jobs...what is that teaching our kids?"

    Well, I can afford to post and read websites all day if I so choose. Both of my children have graduated from college. I set a good example by being a disciplinarian and expecting the very best from them both.

    Obviously, I speak from experience and maybe can help some of you with younger children.

    Take the advice or leave it.

  • NoToIllegals Jul 19, 2007

    Desire comes from being disciplined at a very young age.

    Until you have been a teacher teaching over 100 students each and everyday, you have NO IDEA how difficult it is.

    DISCIPLINE problems are the root cause for teachers not being able to do THEIR jobs. It is not fair to other kids and it isn't up to teachers to do the work that parents should do.

    Yes, of course there are many parents that are strict and fully back teachers. It only takes a handful to ruin learning for all the others in class. We waste more time disciplining than teaching.

    Then we wonder why we cannot keep good teachers?

    No kid wants to do homework. You discipline them until they learn responsibility. This leads to character growth.

    Plain and Simple..no excuses.

  • Blessed Jul 19, 2007

    jeebk04 - it is easier to type a comment on a website than it is to take the time to truly teach a child what they need to know to succeed. Just because someone posts a comment here, does not mean they are involved in their child's learning process. Let's face it, right now we are all out here reading a website instead of working at our jobs...what is that teaching our kids?

  • poohperson Jul 19, 2007

    In my opinion, desire does not play a role in a young childs education. None of them "want" to go to school and do homework. In my house it is not an option. It is funny want or not, if make them do the work they learn.

  • NoToIllegals Jul 18, 2007

    Let me share some insights with you from a teacher and parent's point of view.

    There is no such thing as a failing school. Failing parents and students - YES. Teachers are there to teach the teachable.

    We have a high % of Kids having Kids. IF they are uneducated, then their kids more than likely will be as well. Most get a free ride through school and expect teachers to perform miracles on a problemed child.

    I had some horrible teachers throughout my lifetime, but I still managed to obtain a Masters degree. The drive came from within. You cannot make any child learn or want to learn. Parents have to instill this desire! I am not referring to kids who are mentally challenged or have disabilities.

    We have dumbed down so much, what is the incentive?

    Stop blaming schools. Hold parents accountable if Johnny fails. Teachers can try, but ultiimately, it's up to HIM.

    This state spends too much on education and nothing improves.
    Wanting to learn is FREE.

  • tarheelalum Jul 18, 2007

    I agree completely Pooh.

  • whatusay Jul 18, 2007

    Tarheelalum...good point...why not give more money to the schools who need it. Maybe attract better teachers.

  • poohperson2000 Jul 18, 2007


    Title I funds are granted based on the FRL percentage of the schools. A school must have 35% of kids on FRL to receive Title I funds. The very core of this is flawed, to receive extra help you have to have a high percentage of low income families.. But any child can qualify for the services once the school has the funds. It is a federally funded program that provides great thing s, the criteria to qualify ofr it is however flawed.

  • tarheelalum Jul 18, 2007

    re: title 1 funding.

    How many students failed before this special earmark funding was offered by the feds?

    Why is it now just a fed funding issue? You mean our schools can't teach without those funds?

    Of course they can. Less resources, however, will make it more difficult to offer the highest quality of education, which should ALWAYS be the goal. I'm not saying give additional funds to lower performing schools, just DON'T FURTHER HURT THE ALREADY LOWER PERFORMING STUDENTS BY TAKING AWAY FUNDS? I mean, am I going crazy? There is absolutely no way anyone and I don't care where you stand, can argue with that.