As parents experiment with student assignment, Wake school board meets
Wake County parents can log on Monday for a trial run in ranking the schools where they prefer send their children. Superintendent Tony Tata will brief the Board of Education on the progress of the student assignment transition beginning at 5:30 p.m.Posted — Updated
The “Community-Based Choice” plan (the "blue" plan) allows parents to choose from a variety of four to six elementary schools, each linked with a middle and high school. Students get priority based on whether they have a sibling at the school or live close by, and the district takes into account achievement balance and capacity at any individual school.
The alternative, the “Base Schools Achievement " or "green" plan, is similar to the current assignment model. Under it, the school system assigns students based on student achievement, ensuring that students from low-performing areas end up at high-performing schools.
Tata called a special work session Monday at 5:30 p.m. to brief the Board of Education. He has said he hopes to have a single plan for the school board to consider at its June 21 meeting.
The plans are alternative courses of action to replace the district's current long-standing policy of assigning students based on socio-economic diversity in favor of a policy that assigns students based on where they live.
Rev. William Barber, the president of the group, wrote, "How will either of the proposed plans ensure, with built-in and concrete corrective mechanisms that any significant increase in re-segregation will trigger, that Wake County will not create or increase racially identifiable, high-poverty schools?"
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