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School Board Votes in Favor of Reassignment Plan

Posted February 5, 2008

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— The Wake County school board voted Tuesday night in favor of a controversial reassignment plan that would move 6,400 students to different schools.

The board removed about 370 elementary students from the plan last week, leaving 6,454 slated to change schools next school year.

Board members said they took into account input from parents at three public hearings since the draft plan was announced in early December.

Officials said the changes are necessary to fill three new schools – Laurel Park, Mills Park and Sycamore Creek – and to keep up with growth and balance economic levels in each school.

Under the initial reassignment plan, about 2,700 children would have moved to the new schools. That plan also sought to fill seats at the schools that were losing students to the new schools. In the process, about 3,800 students would have transferred to schools closer to their homes.

Michelle Witherspoon said she opted to send her child to a charter school after hearing the busing that the reassignment plans would entail.

"Here we are right next door to Durant year-round and Wildwood Forest, and they want to bus all the way down Capital with all that traffic," she said.

The Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African-American Children voiced support for the reassignment plans. The changes would "promote academic achievement for all children," a release from CCCAAC read.

Supporters argued that reassignment is a must for a system growing as fast as Wake County. It became the largest in the state in 2007 and expects to grow by 6,000 to approximately 140,000 students next year.

Reassignment is necessary to balance diversity across the county and keep some schools from falling behind, said Wake County Schools Superintendent Del Burns.

"Then, we'd fall into a situation where you have the 'have' and the 'have-not' schools," Burns said. "That does not help a community. It does not help kids, and it's not something I want to be a part of."

System administrators say they aim to create "healthy schools," where less than 40 percent of students are from low-income families. Officials deem a school's poverty rate based on the percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunches.

Administrators also judge a school's diversity on its end-of-grade exam scores and the number of students in special education or with limited proficiency in English.

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  • doobedobedoodoo Feb 5, 2008

    Answer to all this stuff=Private or home schooling.

    Get serious people, why do you let the socio-economic-atheistic experimentation continue on your kids???

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Feb 5, 2008

    "Pray4rain...I can accept reassigning kids to fill new schools that are built and to ease over crowding. I cannot accept reassinging kids simply to make the dumb schools smarter. We can thank our illustrious leader for that..NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND. Low test scores = no money from daddy. There is something very wrong with that."

    feyerdncr, they were busing in Wake County for a long time before NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND.

    When I got here in 1994, they were busing based on race. When the US Supreme Court ruled against Mecklinburg County, NC and said it was illegal to bus by race, Wake County then started busing based on Socio-Economic criteria. They accomplished the same thing and were legal based on the US Supreme Court ruling.

  • feyerdncr Feb 5, 2008

    Pray4rain...I can accept reassigning kids to fill new schools that are built and to ease over crowding. I cannot accept reassinging kids simply to make the dumb schools smarter. We can thank our illustrious leader for that..NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND. Low test scores = no money from daddy. There is something very wrong with that.

  • armada08 Feb 5, 2008

    Why can't everyone just accept that the Wake County School Board is going to reassign kids every year?!? Whether you make up a new coalition group or not, they will need to fill new schools and rearrange kids in old schools as long as new folks move into Wake County and houses and apartments continue to be built.
    As far as I know, no one wants over crowded class rooms, and the best education for their kids. So unless you all can come up with a better solution, year round and reassignment is the way to go.

  • tarheelalum Feb 5, 2008

    I think it's interesting that the general solution to keeping certain schools from "falling behind" is to integrate better achieving students into them/moving poorer performing students out of them. "Better achieving" being based solely on test scores of course. What about directly addressing the reasons certain schools/children are "falling behind" and help them as opposed to bringing in some better achievers to raise the average test scores. That doesn't seem to benefit anyone except the schools by being able to demonstrate better testing averages. Anyone else find that ridiculous?

  • Redneck_Bob Feb 5, 2008

    "The Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African-American Children voiced support for the reassignment plans. The changes would "promote academic achievement for all children,..." The Coalition of Concerned Citizens for European-American Children(non-african), voice opposition to the busing plans saying it will not make dumb kids smart, nor will it make poor kids rich or rich kids poor. In other words, the Coalition said busing is a waste of taxpayers time and money, when it could be spent on more beneficial projects.

  • Longshanks Feb 5, 2008

    Here we go. Another racist group becoming involved in our children's education. "The Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African-American Children?" Give me a break. Busing sucks for everyone, not just "African American" children. Maybe we should start a group for "Chinese American" children or "Hispanic American" or "Caucasian American" children. Bet they'd jump all over that and forget busing. Personally, I wish the neighborhood school would come back, as I went to one, we were diverse, some had free lunch, others actually FLUNKED. Imagine that....

  • poohperson2000 Feb 5, 2008

    Too many times parent involvement only comes after the parent is unhappy with something. We should all afford some time (at least once a quarter) to spend in our child classroom. This is where people will see what is really going on.

  • Politically Honest NOT PC Feb 5, 2008

    "The Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African-American Children" why do we need another organization(?) getting involved. If the parents would form a "Let's become more involved in our childs lives coalition" then there would be no need for bussing kids across town.

  • chfdcpt Feb 5, 2008

    I guess that since my kids are "technically" Puerto Rican-Chinese, that they will not be moved. Of course, they could have a need for more Puerto Rican-Chinese kids in Wake Forest, so I guess my kids can be sent from Cary to Wake Forest or Zebulon? After all, we need to have the balance between the schools.

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