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Changes to Wake reassignment plan upset parents

Posted January 28, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— The massive student shuffle in Wake County was up for discussion again Wednesday evening as school board members met.

Parents speak up over reassignment changes Parents speak up over reassignment changes

For weeks, members have heard from parents upset over a reassignment plan that could affect more than 25,000 students over the next three years.

The proposal will fill 10 new schools. Under the initial proposal, 9,801 students would have been reassigned for the 2009-2010 school year; another 11,008 in 2010-2011; and 4,677 in 2011-2012.

Changes were made to the proposal after a series of public input meetings at which more than 1,000 parents showed up and more than 200 spoke on the matter. More than 1,400 people also submitted comments through the school system's Web site.

"We do listen ... (and) try to put everything in a balance,” board member Patti Head said.

Parents upset over recent changes lined up again to speak Wednesday evening during the session at the school system's central office, 3600 Wake Forest Road, in Raleigh.

Daphne Wright says her children have been reassigned from a school three miles from home.

"This move would break that down for our neighborhood and our children,” Wright said.

Eric and Mary Hartshorn's children were not included in the initial reassignments, but are now part of the shuffle.

"Another change was made, and we were directly impacted,” Mary Hartshorn said.

The couple says the proposal would split their family in two.

We would "eventually have two different children at two different high schools,” Mary Hartshorn said.

Now, board members must decide whether to make more changes, but those could affect more families.

"I do not know that everybody will be happy,” school board Chairwoman Rosa Gill said.

"And that is really, really hard,” Head said.

School board members say concerns heard Wednesday evening are important. After the meeting, the board made another handful of changes to the plan.

There will be a public hearing Feb. 3 at noon. The same day, school board members are expected to finally vote on the plan.

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  • Better Things Jan 30, 2009

    EscapedFromWake -

    I am with you all the way! I too, unfortunately, lived in NC for a number of years and had my kids in that mess! I love reading this site and laughing at all of the nonsense!

    Wuff_Pack -

    You went to multiple schools and turned out fine? You have no idea of what you missed! I suggest reading some books on child psychology!

    Private schools??? -

    Yeah, okay..so let's see you pay local school taxes and private school tuition. Do you pay double for everything??

    It all boils down to a lack of common sense.

    Anyone that allows their kids to be bused and reassigned is denying their kids of many, many, many, many things! Strong community based schools are what kids need.
    MOVE! You are in the middle of no where with nothing to do, lots of violent crime, and ridiculous schools! Do you really not know that much better exists?!!! Wow! I feel sorry for you!!!

  • Eduardo1 Jan 29, 2009

    THEY MAY BE DOING IT PEACEFULLY, BUT IT IS STILL LOOKING LIKE MOB RULE. COMMON, DO YOUR JOB, AND STICK BY YOUR PLAN. I WAS BROUGHT UP IN BROOKLYN AND WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL IN MANHATTAN. I TOOK A TRANSIT BUS TO SUBWAY, THEN TWO TRAINS TO MY FINAL DESTINATION, JUST UNDER 2 HOURS EACH WAY. I WORKED PART TIME IN MANHATTAN. MY TRIP STARTED AT 6AM, GOT HOME ABOUT 10 PM PRETTY MUCH THE SAME SCHEDULE, GOING TO A PUBLIC COMMUNITY COLLEGE, ONLY WORKED DURING THE DAY AND COLLEGE AT NIGHT. I HAD A SUCCESSFUL CAREER FOR FORTY YEARS, WITH NO REGRETS ABOUT MY TRAVEL TIME. I DID A LOT OF MY HOMEWORK & READING ASSIGNMENTS WHILE TRAVELING

  • bs101fly Jan 29, 2009

    "Just ask Mecklenberg County how not doing that is working out for them. Their schools are terrible!"

    WHAT? WH WH WHAT???? Try again!!!! Charlotte was smart enough to see how much money was being wasted on busing to keep dumb Johnny "balanced" and no amount of diversity/racial shuffling is going to keep dumb Johnny from being dumb!

    Your kids will get enough diversity shopping with you at Mal-Wart, so trying to play God and keep Johnny balanced with Shaneetra is not your call!

    Bottom line, the school board is about to get a HUGE dose of reality and take a positive turn for the better because several of them are about to be replaced with people who can think on their own and don't have "Chucky Vision" and might be able to actually focus on
    E D U C A T I N G the kids!

    When is the last time ANY OF YOU have heard one thing out of the current school board about actual education??? All we hear is about diversity balancing and reassignments! We're done with that!!!

  • OhBella Jan 29, 2009

    What I like best about these discussion boards is the fact that people are talking about various subjects and not just hiding out. I have my opinion and others have theirs. The ones I don't exactly agree with, always give me things to think about.

  • seeingthru Jan 29, 2009

    wuff_pack --you are right on target

  • seeingthru Jan 29, 2009

    the school system is a mess--period--chucking money at it won't help a darn thing and yes change has become an inevitable factor in everyones lives, get used to it!!

  • SME2 Jan 29, 2009

    FORCED BUSING: Wastes Fuel ! Risks Lives ! Traumatizes Children ! Destroys Families ! - webberx101

    What you call forced busing others call integrating schools with children from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Just ask Mecklenberg County how not doing that is working out for them. Their schools are terrible!

    You would have all the "rich" kids in one school and all the "poor" kids in another. It is also proven that generally the "rich" kids are smarter than the "poor" kids.

    You would have one school with outstanding scores and the other would be constantly threatened with being shut down because they don't meet expectations.

    As it is now in Wake County Teachers can teach up to the level of the "smart" kids and bring the "dumb" kids up to their level. It does happen and I've seen it first hand.

  • rnrcp Jan 29, 2009

    I hope you think a voucher is going to be large enough to pay for private school tuition. If you can't afford children maybe you should have planned a little better. Parents here are spoiled and do nothing but gripe and moan but refuse to step up to the plate and truly help out. If you can't afford private school due to being overextended or poor planning you could always move to one of the surrounding counties and try the public schools out there. Everyone needs to step up and accept that uncontrolled development has outpaced funding for infrastructure and schools. Maybe if the developer's had been forced to provide land and funding for schools things wouldn't have gotten to this point.

  • Wuff_Pack Jan 29, 2009

    I, like kimberly, went to multiple schools via riding a school bus and I came out fine. If you really want someone to blame, blame developers for over developing certain areas of Wake County and causing overcrowding in those areas. you have to balance out the population. If you overcrowd one school, then teachers are inundated by the number of students in their classrooms, affecting your kids ability to learn. Also, if the kids today would actually take time and study and do homework instead of spending hours playing with their PS3 or Xbox or chatting with friends over Facebook, etc... , then you wouldn't have such disparaging grades.

  • agentm Jan 29, 2009

    people get over it has been like this for years.....i mean schools get over packed people are moving in so something has to be done..

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