Wake County Schools

Wake school board could decide on AdvancED review

Posted January 21, 2011 1:44 p.m. EST
Updated January 21, 2011 2:54 p.m. EST

Wake County Public School System

— Wake County school board members could discuss next week whether they will officially cooperate with a pending accreditation review scheduled for next month.

The school system issued a meeting notice Friday morning for an 8 a.m. meeting Tuesday at the Wake County Public School System Administrative Building, 3600 Wake Forest Road. On the agenda is a closed-door discussion and decision about the AdvancED visit and review. A period of public comments related to the discussion is set for 8:30 a.m.

Board members Carolyn Morrison and Debra Goldman have already released public statements saying they plan to cooperate with the review scheduled for Feb. 17-18, but attorneys for the school board have sent letters to the national accrediting group expressing concerns about the scope of the review and whether it’s fair.

An AdvancED review team will evaluate the board following a complaint last year by the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP alleging that some members want to segregate the school system with a controversial assignment policy that ends the district’s longstanding practice of busing students to achieve socio-economic diversity.

AdvancED won’t be looking at the policy itself but will be examining the school board’s governance and effectiveness.