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Students rally to keep Broughton's magnet status

Posted December 9, 2008

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— The Wake County School Board is scheduled to decide Broughton High School's magnet status on Wednesday.

Some people say the magnet status is why the school is such a good place to learn. Some school board members say the high school is so successful, it no longer meets the criteria to be a magnet school.

Former and current students held signs and candles during a rally outside the school Tuesday afternoon.

“It's not only given us a better way to learn, a better curriculum, but it has taught us to speak out. When we are faced with this issue, we are not being disrespectful. We are not being a mean group of students. We're trying to say what we believe in, what we think is right, and what we know is better for us as students,” Broughton student Forrest Finch said.

"We love neighborhood schools, but it is awesome that Broughton is a combination of a neighborhood school with an international focus and an expectation of excellence that is for every student at the school,” Broughton High graduate Courtney Crumpler said at a public meeting Monday night.

The school board is scheduled to vote on the status Wednesday morning.


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  • Jetsgrl Dec 9, 2008

    Agreed - why punish a school for being successful? It doesn't make sense to move a magnet program that has weathered the storm in adopting and implementing the program simply because they have achieved the level of success that they were reaching for. Broughton HIgh School is a beautiful campus in the heart of the capital that offers Wake County students a chance for a great education! I hope that the school board recognizes the hard work and effort that went into making this program a success by rewarding the teachers, faculty, and students that got it there by letting them keep the program!
    - Broughton Mom

  • NE Raleigh Dec 9, 2008

    I agree with the previous poster of having all high schools, if not all schools as magnet schools. This carrot and stick method of achieving "healthy schools" just makes me angry. It seems almost like reverse discrination just making schools mostly located in less fortunate communities magnet stastus.

  • iamrunningalong Dec 9, 2008

    Broughton is an example of what EVERY high school in Wake County SHOULD be like. They should not be the exception - schools, students, committment and determination like this is what Wake should be trying to build for every kid.

    How to do it?

  • John Q Public Dec 9, 2008


  • John Q Public Dec 9, 2008

    You'd think they would have a lot of trouble getting their way. Isn't that where all the old money lives?

  • FloydTurbo Dec 9, 2008

    Broughton is "so successful" because generations of determined alumni have kept WCPSS from ruining it as they have the rest of WC schools.

  • whatelseisnew Dec 9, 2008

    They ought to hold a rally to get out of the public nightmare in which they are stuck.