For some Wake students, school started Monday
The Wake County Public School System has dozens of elementary and middle schools that accommodate about 40,000 students on a multi-track, year-round schedule. For those students, the school year begins Monday.Posted — Updated
Those headed back to class, and the incoming kindergartners, will be the first to experience the school system's new student assignment plan based on parental choice.
The plan, called "controlled choice," is a compromise reached after the Wake County Board of Education voted in 2010 to replace the district's long-standing method of assigning students based on socio-economic diversity. Families pick a school
from a pool of choices based on proximity and available capacity.
Nine schools are filled to capacity with incoming kindergartners, while others have dozens of open slots.
Raleigh's Barwell Road Elementary School, one of the system's lowest-performing schools in 2010-11, has almost 100 seats available, and Superintendent Tony Tata plans to start his day there Monday.
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