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Wake trims 1,000 students from reassignment plan

Posted December 16, 2008

— Wake County school administrators unveiled a reassignment proposal Tuesday that would move 1,000 fewer students than first proposed.

The revised plan takes into account comments that parents and others made during five public meetings in recent weeks and more than 4,000 online comments submitted to school district administrators.

The initial plan called for moving 26,500 students over the next three years. The new draft reassigns 25,486 during that period.

Under the latest plan, about 9,800 students will be reassigned next year, another 11,008 the following year and 4,677 for the 2011-2012 school year.

"This plan is the result of many hundreds of hours of time spent collaborating and arguing and looking at data," said Chuck Dulaney, the district's assistant superintendent for growth and planning.

Many of the students will be moved to 10 schools scheduled to open in the next three years. The school system also says it needs to make room for low-income students who are often bused to schools to meet economic diversity goals the district imposes on itself.

"The growth in this county ... continues, despite the fact that the national economy is obviously very troubled," Dulaney said.

The reassignment proposal is the Wake County Public School System's effort to begin planning for population growth and student movement more than one year at a time. Administrators have said planning for three years would save money for schools and lessen aggravation for families.

Some parents remain unconvinced about the district's goals for reassignment.

"We're just wondering what's going to be happening next year. Are our kids going to be on the same or different schedules?" parent Eric Blau said. "It's going to affect probably 1,000 families at Leesville Middle (School) alone."

The district will post the revised reassignment plan on its Web site at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The school board will hold a new round of public meetings based on the latest draft in January and will finalize the reassignment plan by Feb. 3.

Mailings will then be sent to the parents of affected students, who will know their final assignments by mid-May.


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  • schoonie79 Dec 16, 2008

    How many times are they going to reassign kids? This is just ridiculous. Where I grew up there was 1 ES, MS and HS. In order to attend a different school your family had to move or ask for a waiver. There wasn't this stance of well you're here this year and then next year we're gonna send you across the county. Kids need stability. What better a place than a school to provide that. For some kids, school is the only stability they have.

  • carnival glass Dec 16, 2008

    "When students achieve academically within our county's school system, they are competitive in any university within this nation."

    I magine how much more the kids could achieve academically if they weren't constantly changing schools. Imagine if they went to the SAME school for the length of the level they were on. 1 elementary, 1 middle and 1 high school. What a concept!

    WCPSS is out of control. It's time for our Wake County towns to take back their schools.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Dec 16, 2008

    The WCPSS has been asked numerous times to show the data and statistics that show that socio-economic (race) based busing improves the performance of the students who are bused. WCPSS has never produced the data and statistics that back up their claim. Makes one think that the data and statistics doesn't exist if WCPSS can't produce it.

  • howdiditgettothis Dec 16, 2008

    I work part time so that I DO NOT have to put up with WCPSS idiotic ideas. It is worth it to me to give up several evenings a week to avoid the drama that these elected idiots dream up.

    I am choosing to send my children to a private school where the FOCUS IS ON EDUCATING the children ---- not riding them around 2 hours a day for the sake of political "correctness." (and who's idea of political correctness is it anyway?).

    If the parents who had these children made better choices in THEIR life, instead of waiting on the government to shore them up, then our country wouldn't be in the mess that it's in.

  • bs101fly Dec 16, 2008

    "Why do citizens of Wake County keep on electing these people?"
    Because the parents/voters are clueless as a whole!

    Whoopie, so 1,000 drop off FOR NOW. Still moving 25,000+ of YOUR children in the next THREE years! Those CEM gripe sessions didn't accomplish much did they. UNLESS you're one of the elite 1,000. But don't get too comfy and think it's over for you.
    If the Supreme Court sides with the school system 25,000 will seem like track out time for track 3! That # will triple!!!!

    Think I'm kidding, ask Chuck!

  • Deep Thought Dec 16, 2008

    The whole mess is a train wreck. Why do citizens of Wake County keep on electing these people?

  • Tawny Dec 16, 2008

    Research supports that a diverse school system leads to enhanced student achievement and increased graduation rates. WCPSS's economic diversity plan happens to be one of the best strategies, of all school systems within this country, to achieve racial balancing.

    Wake County is this country's 19th largest system. When students achieve academically within our county's school system, they are competitive in any university within this nation.

  • Student Nurse Dec 16, 2008

    Middle Road, the article says we will get a letter by MID-MAY if our child is affected. I know I am thrilled to have to wait and see if mine will get to stay at his 3rd elementary school in Wake County, or go to his 4th. All by age 7, mind you.

  • WRALblows Dec 16, 2008

    "Is economic diversity really worth that much"

    No. It is a social "feel good" for those who want to call themselves powerful leaders. It achieves little or nothing aside from their personal gloating that they've beaten the US Supreme Court ruling against racial balancing. At a huge cost to the taxpayer. That said, it will continue another decade because logical, rational people don't want the sad stigma attached to being on a NC school board. It will always be full of agendas.

  • Middle Road Dec 16, 2008

    IF it were correct, Wake County should stand itsground. But it's not. Spreading low-income kids around creates mediocrity rather than actually getting them the help they need. It's not good for anyone, rich or poor. It's time to rethink a 60s-era solution to problems in 21 century education.