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  • krimson Nov 30, 3:30 p.m.

    That is because you were in Raleigh. In western Wake County (Cary/Apex/etc.) our 'nodes' were moved to a different school nearly every single year.

    And the school board admitted in a public meeting that these changes each year were NOT due to growth but to support the diversity bussing policy.

    This is why the parents in western Wake County basically reached the point of open revolt over the bussing policies of the school system. Our families were taking it on the chin each and every single year. And when we complained to the old Democratic school board...not only did they not listen to us... they mocked and heckled the parents.

    Western: Why didn't you move to Raleigh then??? I have no sympathy for the people that live by the airport who complain about jet noise... Why should we sympathize with you?

  • heisenberg Nov 30, 11:18 a.m.

    Nuff z Nuff and CrewDog - you are so right. This school board is a joke. Impeach Kevin Hill.

  • injameswetrust2003 Nov 29, 6:51 p.m.

    Did you notice how Supt. Gainey just looked the other way when this happened between Ms. P and Evans? Where is the leadership on this board, was Kevin Hill at the meeting? He's all bark and all bite-no leadership skills. The problem with this board is there is no leadership.

  • westernwake1 Nov 29, 4:40 p.m.

    "My son went to one Ele school: York, One middle: Martin Middle, on HS: Enloe. He is a 2nd yr college student now. I don't remember our neighborhood ever got reassigned to different schools. We always had same base schools till this last new "Choice" plan. We do live in a well established neighborhood though." - Da Toy Maker

    That is because you were in Raleigh. In western Wake County (Cary/Apex/etc.) our 'nodes' were moved to a different school nearly every single year.

    And the school board admitted in a public meeting that these changes each year were NOT due to growth but to support the diversity bussing policy.

    This is why the parents in western Wake County basically reached the point of open revolt over the bussing policies of the school system. Our families were taking it on the chin each and every single year. And when we complained to the old Democratic school board...not only did they not listen to us... they mocked and heckled the parents.

  • Da Toy Maker Nov 29, 4:11 p.m.

    "
    Here's what the Virginia state board of education actually did. It looked at students' test scores in reading and math and then proposed new passing rates. ...
    Vincent Vega"

    Dude:

    Are you for real??? Just wondering.

    @westernwake1:

    My son went to one Ele school: York, One middle: Martin Middle, on HS: Enloe. He is a 2nd yr college student now. I don't remember our neighborhood ever got reassigned to different schools. We always had same base schools till this last new "Choice" plan. We do live in a well established neighborhood though.

  • Screw WrAl Nov 29, 4:07 p.m.

    "Hey I got a plan. Get a new school board."

    Got one, this is the one the voters elected. We're getting exactly what we deserve. When stupid people vote, stupid people are elected.

  • 7.62x51 Nov 29, 3:48 p.m.

    Hey I got a plan. Get a new school board.

  • Vincent Vega Nov 29, 3:01 p.m.

    Here's what the Virginia state board of education actually did. It looked at students' test scores in reading and math and then proposed new passing rates. In math it set an acceptable passing rate at 82 percent for Asian students, 68 percent for whites, 52 percent for Latinos, 45 percent for blacks and 33 percent for kids with disabilities.

    The Florida State Board of Education passed a plan that sets goals for students in math and reading based upon their race.

    On Tuesday, the board passed a revised strategic plan that says that by 2018, it wants 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of white students, 81 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of black students to be reading at or above grade level.

  • jonnraleigh Nov 29, 2:58 p.m.

    Unfortunately, Kim, it won't be the Board who suffers. It will be the students and the teachers who will suffer.

  • kimandwill89 Nov 29, 2:49 p.m.

    Chaos and confusion are the only values this school board believes in. MAJOR changes are coming with reassignment in the coming years. That is their answer to every issue. Don't give them a single cent extra in revenue.

  • jonnraleigh Nov 29, 2:44 p.m.

    Sometimes new schools are built within the boundaries of an existing neighborhood. Take Abbott's Creek, for example, which will be built within spitting distance of Durant Elementary.

  • annrally Nov 29, 1:19 p.m.

    "Elections have consequences, yes they do"! Very afraid that very soon we will all reap the "benefits" of the 2012 elections!

  • westernwake1 Nov 29, 1:15 p.m.

    "westernwake1

    How do those other 16 districts fill new schools without reassigning?" - jonnraleigh

    As outlined in the past... Existing neighborhoods are assigned to existing local schools. New neighborhoods are assigned to new local schools. This is the way that the rest of America successfully uses neighborhood based school assignments in growing school districts.

  • westernwake1 Nov 29, 1:13 p.m.

    "I for one appreciate the education those "hacks" provided for my two children. They both graduated near the tops of their classes, both were accepted by their #1 choice colleges and are both working in their chosen fields. Thank you Wake County Public Schools!" - jonnraleigh

    That's fine. My children graduated in the top 20 of their classes and went to top universities also.

    Did Wake County Public Schools really have to force them to go to over 8 different schools during their K-12 education years to make this happen? Just to support a failed bussing for diversity policy. Do you really beleive that forcing my children to switch schools nearly every single year enhanced their educational experience?

  • Screw WrAl Nov 29, 1:10 p.m.

    "look forward to when Tedesco, Goldman, and Pickett can be gone "

    Maybe you can contact Evans and see if she can beat them up or push them off a curb to accomplish your wish. After her actions last night it's clear that no one around her is safe.

    Including your children.

    Anyone who supports her actions last night should stop at the nearest police station and hand over your own children. For their own safety.

  • westernwake1 Nov 29, 1:09 p.m.

    "It was inappropriate. It was just playing politics." - miseem

    So not allowing feedback or questions to be asked at school board meeting is 'appropriate'. Not allowing a fellow school board member to query attendees because another member may not like the input is 'appropriate'. Isn't that what these meetings are for?

    We now see that the Democrats have reverted to their previous behavior. In the past, the Democratic board members demeaned and heckled parents, refused to allow people to speak at meetings, and hired people to block unwanted people from the podium. I see (as evidenced by the new complaint to the accreditation agency) that we are back to the same behavior by the Democratic school board members that infuriated people in the past... and got them voted out of office.

  • jonnraleigh Nov 29, 1:04 p.m.

    Eightball

    I for one appreciate the education those "hacks" provided for my two children. They both graduated near the tops of their classes, both were accepted by their #1 choice colleges and are both working in their chosen fields. Thank you Wake County Public Schools!

  • westernwake1 Nov 29, 1:01 p.m.

    "Glad that Margiotta is gone and look forward to when Tedesco, Goldman, and Pickett can be gone as well. I hate that the Republicans (Art Pope and others) made the BoE so political." - Honesty first

    So you are trying to claim that Sutton, Hill, Evans, etc. are not political? For these most part these individuals are following the political policies dictated to them by Great Schools in Wake (GSIW). The school board has been political for years even before the Republicans were a majority. The Democrats pushed a bussing for diversity policy that was pure social engineering and forced children to attend different schools every single year when their 'node' was moved to support the diversity agenda.

    It is time that all the current school board members from both parties are ejected. None of these people are focussed on what is best for our children but only on their political agendas.

  • jonnraleigh Nov 29, 1:00 p.m.

    westernwake1

    How do those other 16 districts fill new schools without reassigning?

  • miseem Nov 29, 12:55 p.m.

    Pickett's question was "not appropriate" and took the microphone from her.

    It was inappropriate. It was just playing politics. Only 20 people showed up and obviously, they showed up because they were opposed to having their kids moved. Asking who was opposed to the plan was exactly like playing with a stacked deck. Of course, after a show of hands, the repubs left on the BoE would trumpet that EVERYONE attending the meeting opposed the plan. Yeah, that would really be representative of the public opinion.

  • westernwake1 Nov 29, 12:54 p.m.

    "With a school system of nearly 200k children, there are going to be reassignments due to school capacity caps, period." - cantstandgoloanymore

    Wake is the 16th largest school system in the country. There are 9 large school systems growing faster than Wake. All of these other school systems use neighborhood-based assignment. In all of these other school systems very rarely do they ever re-assign an address to a different school. Many have had stable school assignments for over 40 years.

    Can you explain why Wake needs to re-assign students every single year when these other large fast-growing school systems do not need to do this. There is no need for 'reassignments due to school capacity caps'. Most of our assignment turmoil is due to Wake spending years moving nodes in a failed bussing for diversity policy and now churning through political based assignment plans.

  • Just another bad guy Nov 29, 12:47 p.m.

    To even things out, lets just send the kids to a different school each day.

  • Honesty first Nov 29, 12:40 p.m.

    This story is getting real old Close all the schools and home school your children. The state and county will save millions.

    Just like our new Lt Gov did? Wow!

  • Honesty first Nov 29, 12:35 p.m.

    The school that is across the street from the folks is a traditional school. They year-round school that they would have to attend is 10 miles away. If they want year round, make the trip. The former board was against year round, remember.

    As for the former "choice" plan. You did have a choice but only from the schools that you were allowed to choose from. That is not choice at all. Glad that Margiotta is gone and look forward to when Tedesco, Goldman, and Pickett can be gone as well. I hate that the Republicans (Art Pope and others) made the BoE so political. And yes, look at how much Pope donated to get the (R) crowd in there. The BoE is still supposed to be a non partisan group. Ha Ha

  • iron fist Nov 29, 12:21 p.m.

    This story is getting real old Close all the schools and home school your children. The state and county will save millions.

  • wa4mjf Nov 29, 11:57 a.m.

    All those surprised at Evans should remember she is a Dem and they, as a general rule, are not nice folks.

  • bikely Nov 29, 11:54 a.m.

    Just pointing out that more people have posted comments here than attended this meeting. Story states 20 parents showed up-
    Out of 150,000 students in WCPSS.
    Long story short- Choice plan is unsustainable; gotta have an addressed based assignment plan; have to build new schools every year (and fill them); cannot make everybody happy all the time.

  • cantstandgoloanymore Nov 29, 11:50 a.m.

    With a school system of nearly 200k children, there are going to be reassignments due to school capacity caps, period. Less than 1 percent of children are being reassigned and the majority of those are because of three new schools opening. People are going to whine no matter what any board does.

  • Riptide12 Nov 29, 11:44 a.m.

    Deborah question was spot on! She is right - the plan is less than a year old and we need to quit changing assignments every year. The old board finally got it right - neighborhood school, feeder patterns, CHOICE!!! Wish they were still there! Who voted in Susan Evans??? Childish behavior

  • NE Raleigh Nov 29, 10:26 a.m.

    Pickett's question was "not appropriate" and took the microphone from her.

    That microphone would be the last thing that women reached acrossed the table and grabbed from me. How embarrassing. What a bunch of clowns. Nothing will change unless everyone can vote regardless of districts.

  • retiredindependentpopo Nov 29, 10:25 a.m.

    Or, should I say "tricks"?

  • wrobertson95 Nov 29, 10:25 a.m.

    In my opinion what was "inappropriate" was Evans snatching the microphone from Pickett's hands. That's the type of behavior one would expect from a child who knows no better - not an adult and certainly not someone making decisions regarding schools for our children. One might infer that she was afraid she might already know the answer to that question -- and since it didn't agree with her agenda it was "inappropriate".

  • retiredindependentpopo Nov 29, 10:24 a.m.

    This is going to be an even better circus of "lies" than when the Republicans ran it.

  • heelsgirl05 Nov 29, 10:15 a.m.

    Evans said Pickett's question was "not appropriate" and took the microphone from her.

    You can't expect anything from a "leader" who acts like a child.

  • angelienna Nov 29, 10:15 a.m.

    A reassignment plan that actually allows parents to have a child on the calendar they WANT would be a nice place to start.

  • davisgw Nov 29, 9:58 a.m.

    The Wake County school board is the most disfunctional group I have every wittnessed. It is like an expanded segment of the Three Stooges.

  • kmanc4s Nov 29, 9:58 a.m.

    Evans continued the running theme that most of, if not all of, the Wake County School board are comprised of immature and dysfunctional people. Have grown up in Wake County, I continue to be embarrassed by the way they've conducted themselves over the past decade or more.

  • davisgw Nov 29, 9:55 a.m.

    Susan Evans comment that asking parents if they were satisified, was not appropriate, Then the stated purpose of the public meeting was just a PR scam. The entire Wake County board of education is an expanded version of

  • westernwake1 Nov 29, 9:46 a.m.

    Susan Evans is a complete failure as a school board member in our district. She does not respond to emails or phone calls. She does not take input from parents. She does not represent the concerns of families in the district. She is rude and combative when questioned (as shown in the news film segment).

    At least former school board member Margiotta would respond to emails and phone calls from parents. He was blunt and you might not like his response. However he did take input from parents back to the school board and had it discussed (e.g. which schools in Cary should be year round, etc.).

    Susan Evans only supports the agenda provided to her by GSIW (Great Schools in Wake) and is a non-entity in regards to representing her school board district. It is time for her to go in the next election.

  • 5Rs Nov 29, 9:45 a.m.

    "Evans said Pickett's question was "not appropriate" and took the microphone from her."

    Yes, it is certainly not appropriate to ask the citizens what they want when the Politically Correct already know what is best for you.

  • gkgreene Nov 29, 8:54 a.m.

    The WCPSS board's theme song - "Bring in the Clowns"

    Seriously, is there anyway to petition the county to have a vote on next election ballot to abolish the board and have the system simply run by the superintendent. How embarrassing they are to us.

  • Eightball Nov 29, 8:42 a.m.

    I Thank God my children dont go to Wake county schools. To think that the population of the county ALLOWS their childrens education to be held hostage by hacks who only care about political power & gain is unbelieveable!

  • Screw WrAl Nov 29, 8:37 a.m.

    I have never in all my years seen what took place last night. Board Representative Susan Evans is such a mean spirited person and for her to be allowed to serve as a representative for children and education is unconscionable. She is clearly a threat to everyone around her and I can't believe that this is acceptable with this school system. She should be forced to resign immediately and if not someone with this school system should have to explain why.

  • RanMan Nov 29, 8:33 a.m.

    One topic last night center around a neighborhood, in which the kids could literally walk to school but now through the new reassignment plan they would be bused to another school 10 miles away. I would really like to understand the rational behind that one. I have a possible solution for the future though, maybe it should be require that anyone running for School Board in Wake County take a basic IQ Test and score above the Borderline (70).

  • wildpig777 Nov 29, 8:31 a.m.

    bring back genral tater-- wake county deserves him and the board yall have.... said it before i'll say it again -- read my font --

    99% of ALL NORTH CAROLINA'S PROBLEMS begins and ends in WAKE COUNTY.

  • ckinnc Nov 29, 8:16 a.m.

    The reassignment plan affects less than 1 percent of the Wake County student population

    Lies!!! They did away with the automatic magnet enrollment for 6th and 9th graders so those students that done make it in will have to be reassigned!

    My thoughts exactly!!! The magnet middle school that my kids were supposed to go based on their feeder pattern that was supposed to be automatic isn't even in our list of magnet schools to choose from anymore.

  • 2xMom Nov 29, 8:08 a.m.

    Evans: "We will try to do what is logical." Best laugh I've gotten in awhile. Did she remember she's on the school board? I would love some logic. We all know, from the chaos of the current school year, we can't always get what we WANT. I'd be happy with just have a set school for two years in a row. It's not gonna be perfect, some are going to be happier than others, for some it's going to stink. But if WE (school board, parents, community) focused on the education our children get, increasing resources for all schools & teachers we might find our kids get what they NEED. Isn't that the goal. Logic, good one Ms. Evans. Good one.

  • kimandwill89 Nov 28, 10:55 a.m.

    Chaos is the only thing this school board has in mind for the students and parents of Wake County. If they cared about the district they would all step down immediately.

  • NRAalltheway Nov 28, 10:52 a.m.

    Oh lord, another PR story for Willie Barber tonight.

  • Screw WrAl Nov 28, 9:44 a.m.

    This next plan will affect a lot more than 1% come the following year, don't kid yourself. Sounds like few are going to bother with public hearings, as that has proven to accomplish nothing.

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