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Supreme Court to hear year-round school case

Posted August 27, 2008

— The state Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to rule on the debate over mandatory year-round schools in Wake County.

The move comes three months after the state Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that school district officials didn't need to obtain parental consent to assign students to year-round schools.

WakeCARES, a parent's group that has fought mandatory year-round school assignments for two years, requested a Supreme Court hearing on the case.

No date has been set for arguments before the high court.

Wake County school officials last year converted 22 elementary and middle schools to year-round calendars to keep pace with enrollment growth. Because year-round schools use a rotating schedule of classes and three-week vacations among four "tracks" of students, the schools can accommodate more students than tradition schools.

Parents sued the school district to block the move, and Superior Court Judge Howard Manning ruled in May 2007 that parents had to give their consent before students could be assigned to year-round schools.

Most families assigned to the converted year-round schools approved of the move, but the hundreds of families opted to remain in traditional schools. That left some year-round schools underenrolled and aggravated overcrowding at some traditional schools.

The Supreme Court earlier issued a stay in the case, preventing Wake County schools officials from implementing the appeals court decision, until justices decided whether to hear an appeal. That stay remains in effect.


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  • cbaileybg Aug 29, 2008

    It is good to see that there is someone higher than the boad of education when it comes to the law. I think it is high time to reconstruct how the BOE works in NC. They are out of control. Look at Martin and North Duplin County's. The Board of Educations are totally irresponsible. I hope to see June Atkinson Fired from her job come election time because she sure is not doing it well. Anyone else would have been long gone. CONGRATS to Wake Cares and for Justice!!!!!

  • boys-of-summer Aug 29, 2008

    "Not_So_Dumb" and "Rational Thinking" thank you for your intelligent and thought provoking discussion. You have envoked some new questions and thoughts on the subject of which I will take up with my rep. Thank you.

  • batcave Aug 28, 2008

    bs101fly doesn't get the year round concept, she really thinks your kids go all year everyday. Year round will be the future, cause we don't farm anymore. I have yet to hear a rational reason against year round.

  • Not_So_Dumb Aug 28, 2008

    Grandpeople - no, the people in Wake CARES should be applauded for standing up for what they believe is the best interests of their children. We have an over abundance of parents that view their own offspring as little more than burdens to carry for 18 years. Parents who care enough to stand up and fight for what they think is right for their children are in short supply. Agree with them or not, they are following the model of the type of people who have forged this nation.

  • Grandpeople Aug 28, 2008

    WakeCares should just put their precious children in PRIVATE schools and leave the schools to the school boards. WakeCares are spoiled brats and should be put in permanent timeout.

  • bs101fly Aug 28, 2008

    one step at a time, one step at a time.
    once the bond fails we'll have plenty of reasoning, not that we don't already, as to why the current regime needs to be overthrown!


  • Not_So_Dumb Aug 28, 2008

    bs101fly - you are correct that the bond is an opportunity to speak to all board members, however, it is doesn't change that they will still be on the board.

  • bs101fly Aug 28, 2008

    Not so dumb,
    "I have no recourse against them."

    OH but yes you do, you can tell EVERYONE you know why YOU and they should NOT approve any future school bonds until 8 of the current boe liars are removed.

    Simple as that!

    That's one message they'll hear loud and clear!

  • bs101fly Aug 28, 2008

    Yo Discowhale,
    They probably aren't teaching lock picking and bank robbery because they're TOO busy robbing the parents, but don't kid yourself, the WCPSS is criminal at just about all levels!

    You said, "THINK when you vote, elect people who think like You do!!" When it comes to the school board we don't get that luxury, as you MAY know, we can only vote for one of the liars! BUT, that too is going to change!!!!

    Tax Man,

    AMEN! Could NOT have said it better. Maybe with more attacks and distain, but not any better!

    Projections are off again this year, BY A LOT, so we hope the County Commissioners will withhold even MORE funds from the corrupt school system and after the favorable ruling comes from the SUPREME court, not the joke appeals court, Chuck and Del will be able to pack for their retirement!

    When the teachers walk and students stay home, THEY'LL HAVE NO CHOICE!!

    Just like us parents!!!!

  • Not_So_Dumb Aug 28, 2008

    TheAdmiral - Running for school board would accomplish nothing as I am happy with my representative. He is the one who has stood against the changes that have been selectively forced upon a small community. Taking him and replacing him with me would do nothing to change the status quo.