Raleigh mayor wants details on community schools plan

In a letter Wednesday, Mayor Charles Meeker asks for racial and economic data on students for the current and proposed school assignments.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Raleigh's mayor has sent a letter to the Wake County Board of Education asking for details on a controversial student assignment plan that opponents believe will resegregate schools.
In the April 21 letter to board Chairman Ron Margiotta, Charles Meeker asked that the school system provide racial and economic information of students for current assignments as well as for proposed new assignments.

"We understand that while such plan has not been presented publicly to the school board, a plan has been presented privately to selected individuals," Meeker wrote.

A majority of members on the school board want to move away from the district's decade-old student assignment policy that buses students to ensure socio-economic balance at schools across the county.

Those in favor of the resolution have said they will develop a policy of community-based assignments, which will allow more students to attend school closer to home.

Board member John Tedesco will make a presentation Friday on how he will lead the 9-15-month planning process.

The Raleigh City Council and the Wake County Board of Commissioners recently adopted a resolution outlining their concerns about resegregation by race or socio-economic status.

Meeker also wrote in his that he wants the city, county and school board to work together to study the costs of the new assignment plan:

"Our council is concerned that the proposed reassignment plan will lead to higher taxes and more public debt," he said.

Tedesco's presentation is at 4 p.m. Friday at the Wake County Public School System's administration building, 3600 Wake Forest Road. The presentation will be carried live on