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Wake school board adopts reassignment plan

Posted February 3, 2009
Updated October 20, 2011

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— The Wake County Board of Education voted 6-2 Tuesday in favor of a plan that will reassign 24,654 students over the next three years.

The plan is driven by the district's growth and decisions about how to fill 10 new schools, including three year-round elementary schools this year.

The plan, which the Wake County Public School System plans to post on its Web site by Monday, assumes funding for the new schools will still be available next year. If budget troubles change that, the board can modify the plan.

Board members Beverly Clark and Ron Margiotta voted against the proposal.

At a number of public hearings held over the past eight months, hundreds of parents spoke against the plan.

"Our board members and staff listened closely to hours of comments, read thousands of e-mail suggestions and discussed the best use of our schools in our business of learning and teaching," Wake schools Superintendent Del Burns said in a news release.

As it stands, the plan moves about 2,900 fewer students than previous draft proposals would have moved, and more than 11,000 students are eligible for a relaxed grandfathering policy, which school members made to accommodate families.

Under the grandfathering policy, families who have been reassigned twice in three years may apply for a "transfer" to stay at their current schools, and those will be granted automatically.

For families who have two or more children at the same school and the older sibling is being reassigned, they can apply for a similar "transfer" back to where they are now, and that would be approved and automatically extended for the younger siblings so they can stay at the same school.

School system staff say they are able to be more flexible because growth projections have dropped and more schools have opened.

Approximately 4,000 of the students affected are not in the school system but are expected to enroll during the next three years. More than 1,400 are kindergarten students who will enroll and will be assigned to schools other than the ones to which their houses are assigned now.

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  • any1butcarolina0405 Feb 4, 2009

    people moaned and complained and protested about wanting equality now you're getting it. have fun!

  • mtnmama Feb 4, 2009

    The Triangle is often referred to as a "melting pot" of diversity already, so I don't get node shifting to create it. Additionally, racism and discrimination will never fade as long as we make deliberate efforts to "balance" schools. In fact, is is blatant racism (which comes in many forms, BTW) disguised as something good. It's ironic that in an effort to to be
    "balanced" we are practicing discrimination, racism, and implementing/perpetuating a class system to get there. It's like beating your head against a brick wall b/c it feels so good when you stop. Pardon me, but what part of this makes sense? It defies logic and I don't get how supposedly educated people are incapable of seeing the obvious. I think they get in there and get so wrapped up in trying to please everyone that they lose their objectivity. Boot them all and start over!

  • StangDaddy Feb 4, 2009

    teach4er? Are you a teacher? Yes we all voted on the current school Board. At miss all the promises that they would always listen and do what right for our kids to better the system. Well they are not listening obviously to the thousands who showed up at the meetings to protest (Wouldn't bet on their re-election). Thousand of Concerned Parents that really make a school with their efforts, volunteering in class rooms, running the PTA countless nights working with their kids to better their grades.
    Parents that work to make enough money so his or child does not have to depend on a free lunch. Are you kidding? Where is your head? What's going to happen when Gas is back over $4 buck a gallon and all this busing is putting a strain on the already tight budget? Where is the money for the new teachers and schools in need going to come from then?

  • MamaBearNC Feb 4, 2009

    WHERE IS OUR FREEDOM OF CHOICE FOR A GOOD EDUCATION FOR OUR KIDS. WHERE ARE OUR VOUCHERS TO SEND OUR KIDS TO THE SCHOOL THAT BEST MEETS THEIR NEEDS AND NOT THE BOA'S NEEDS! I FEEL LIKE I'M IN A DICTATORSHIP WHEN IT COMES TO MY CHILDREN'S EDUCATIONAL CHOICES. I WANT MY MONEY OR AT LEAST 1/2 OF IT THAT THE BOA GETS FOR MY CHILD!

  • teach4er Feb 4, 2009

    "May the board members who voted for this burn with the devil for the damage they are causing families all across Wake County"

    Hello, the Board members are elected by YOU and work for YOU. Based on the last School Board Election, it would appear that the Board is doing what the voters want. I sure wouldn't want to do their job.

  • StangDaddy Feb 4, 2009

    AlL parents that object to this reassignment plan, should boycott the opening week of school and then some. It seems that the VAST majority of this County is opposed to reassignment. It is no wonder to any of us why the school system is failing, Crime rates are on the rise and Kids are just being dumb out.

  • imtiredofit Feb 4, 2009

    Over the years I have heard a lot of comments about how the south doesn't care how they did things up north, BUT... up north when they bus kids they bus them to their local/closest schools, and they have traditional school calendars that have all the kids on the same schedule with summers off. You may not want to hear how they did things up north, but they sure seem a lot smarter up there.

  • SilverWolf Feb 4, 2009

    Busing kids from their neighborhood is wrong. May the board members who voted for this burn with the devil for the damage they are causing families all across Wake County.

  • AuntySocial Feb 4, 2009

    Yes, they have to fill the new schools. But, build them where they are needed, then fill them with kids from that neighborhood, not neighborhoods across the county. Come on now, sending kids from Apex to Athens Drive is ridiculous. When I used to live near King Charles Rd, there were 5 Elementary Schools within a 10 minute drive. Where did the kids on my street go? Underwood (Glenwood Avenue.) It doesn't make any sense to take kids from racially diverse neighborhoods with schools of their own and bus them to make other schools racially diverse.

  • ltbarkley Feb 4, 2009

    "but I just wish someone could explain to those folks whose lives are going to be turned topsy turvy, what sense it makes to shift 4 nodes from A to B, and 6 from B to A----don't 4 of these cancel each other out,"

    Don't forget, they have a minimum quota they need to meet of minorities. Most of that sort of crazy "node" moving is done to maintain the ratio of minorities to other kids, thereby reinforcing the idea that equality means we need to be racist about your skin color - we won't discriminate against you because of your color, but we will discriminate "for" you based on your color - whats the difference?

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