Wake County Schools

Wake student assignment committee meets Tuesday

Posted September 28, 2010 8:11 a.m. EDT
Updated September 28, 2010 2:23 p.m. EDT

— The committee tasked with realigning Wake County's more than 140,000 public school students meets Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at the school district administration building at 3600 Wake Forest Road in Raleigh. 

Board of Education member John Tedesco heads the 12-person Student Assignment Committee and has been the loudest advocate for the board's move away from a long-standing policy of student assignment to balance socio-economic status. Tedesco voted with the board majority earlier this year to change that policy to focus instead on geography, creating community-base schools.

The committee developed four options for geographical student assignment in August and has been soliciting public comment ever since.

During the meeting on Tuesday, committee members will discuss that feedback and review achievement and magnet data related to the proposed school "zones."

Board Chairman Ron Margiotta said he is looking forward to the committee continuing its work on the proposed model.

"The committee's work is far from being finished," he said. "The selection of the high school attendance zone model simply provides a starting point for review, analysis and public comment. It is still very early in the process, and changes will be made based on feedback and discussion."