Wake County Schools

Wake County school board looks to make schools more equal

Posted February 22, 2016

— Increasing equality in all schools was the goal of a two-day Wake County school board retreat that wrapped up Monday evening.

Not all schools in the Wake County Public School system perform the same. Some have more low-income students and deal with lagging scores. Monday’s discussion focused on how to level the playing field.

In some cases, making things equal means increased costs or moving resources around.

Diversity in student assignment was once again discussed, but Wake County school board member Keith Sutton said that things would be different this time. Board members said the concept would be lightly applied around only new schools and with stability in mind.

“In the past, that is all we have ever talked about. That is the only tool we have ever used and I think there are many more tools at our disposal,” Sutton said.

One idea discussed was to create small, innovative schools in needy areas, although cost could be a prohibiting factor in that case. Cheaper ideas included moving resources from schools that board members feel can do without them to schools that could really use them.

“What can we do to provide extra resources to schools based on the needs of individual schools,” said school board member Tom Benton.

The topics discussed Monday were only ideas and school leaders have not yet fleshed them out into plans that could be put into place.


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  • Benjamin Kite Jan 27, 2017
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    This won't go over well with the State Legislature which is hoping to recreate racial segregation through privatization.

  • Jon Smith Feb 23, 2016
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    "Diversity in student assignment was once again discussed,"
    Didn't work for the first 30 years they played this "shell game"...but hey...let's try it again...couldn't possibly be related to the parents of the students.

  • Will Sonnett Feb 23, 2016
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    Must be an election year, so we act like we care about areas other than inside the beltline and high-income developements. This is the same rhetoric that we have heard from WCPSS for nearly forty years. Successful schools are not defined by size nor funds (although Wake County funding has always been grossly inequitable) nor by diversity. Successful schools all share three characteristics: high standards and expectations, no excuses for poor behavior or effort from students, and primary responsibility for achievement lies with students and parents.

  • James Barefoot Feb 23, 2016
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    You can lead a horse,,, You cant fix St@#$d
    Roy is right ,, Just dumb them all down to a level the Dem. can accept as normal.

  • Roy Pine Feb 23, 2016
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    Or in other words, strip the good schools of resources, so that all schools can aspire to mediocrity. Not a winning strategy.