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School Board to Hold Public Hearing on Reassignment Plan

Posted January 24, 2008

— Parents have another chance tonight to speak about the Wake County Board of Education’s student reassignment plan.

A public hearing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday night at Middle Creek High School in Apex.

More than 70 people have signed up to speak. In order to accommodate the large number, the Board of Education will divide into two panels and use both the school's auditorium and its gymnasium to hear citizen's comments.

Citizens who have not pre-registered may sign up between 6 and 6:55 p.m. at the door. Following opening comments from the board chair, speakers will be directed to the appropriate location for the hearings.

The school board has collected thousands of public comments about the issue. WRAL.com requested copies of the letters and has posted many of them HERE.


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  • teach4er Jan 24, 2008

    I read the parent comments attached to this story, and I don't see any new arguments against the reassignment plan. If I was a board member I wouldn't read letters with words in all caps, because I find that obnoxious.

  • no.ral.old guy Jan 24, 2008

    "GRAND EXPERIMENT " IS THE EQUALAZATION OF TEST SCORES.. Somewhere in the dark confines of WCPSS is a gold plaque which states, "Let no school be better than any other school" Dumb down the good ones and send kids with high test scores to bad schools.For this brilliant strategy, Mcneil won big shot of the year NATIONWIDE.That's why we go to private.

  • Garnerwolf1 Jan 24, 2008

    DrJ, I'd be interested in knowing what you refer to as their grand social experiment.

  • speedy Jan 24, 2008

    To reply to the first poster, the "realistic" solution is to allow the kids to go to a neighborhood school and build new schools in new neighborhoods for new kids. In established areas, the total number of kids any given year is not going to fluctuate by huge amounts. The reason there is so much reassignment is to balance the "quota"....a POOR reason to reassign (and bus around for hours) the kids who are established at a school.

  • poohperson2000 Jan 24, 2008

    Read some of those parent letters. Wants, haves, hates, and likes are all across the board. Just an observation. Some want YR but can not have it, or travel far to get it, some want traditional, some like their new assignment, some don't.

  • DrJ Jan 24, 2008

    The arrogance of the school board will not allow it to admit its grand social experiment is failing our children and communities.

  • Garnerwolf1 Jan 24, 2008

    Whatever they do; or don't do; somebody is not going to be happy. But realistically, when has there ever been much in the way of choice when it comes to schools? Parents have never been able to choose start and stop times, holidays, the length or timing of breaks, etc. And 99% of the time, parents have no say in which school a child attends or even which teacher they get within a particular school.

  • TheAdmiral Jan 24, 2008

    Why bother talking to the School Board? They are deaf. In fact, I can talk to my dog and get a better response - AND she listens to me and does what I say.

    Amazing that you can talk to a brick wall and get a better response too. At least when talking to the brick wall, I get a feeling that it is listening and wants to help.

  • AM is Back to Being Immaculate Jan 24, 2008

    Ugh, why are we still discussing this? If you a problem with the reassignment either come up with a more realistic solution or put your kid in PRIVATE school. Peggers can't be choosers.