Wake County Schools

Tata: New student assignment plan works

Posted August 11, 2011 4:49 p.m. EDT
Updated August 15, 2011 5:52 p.m. EDT

— Wake County schools Superintendent Tony Tata said on Thursday that a test drive of a proposed student assignment plan shows that the plan works.

The so-called "Community-Based Choice Plan" allows parents to choose from a variety of schools based on their address. It also takes into account achievement balance and capacity at each school.

Nearly 14,000 Wake County households participated in a test run in June, and Tata and his student assignment task force plan to modify it before it goes to the board for final approval this fall.

Still left for review are the financial implications of plan as well as other data. Most families who participated in the test were interested in how close the choices were to home.

The proposed plan would reduce bus ride times for elementary students, but Tata said that he is concerned about bus routes and has asked transportation leaders to look at the potential costs.

Tata said he also wants to look at how magnet schools fit into choices. Some of them might be at capacity. He is concerned about where students displaced from magnet schools would be placed.

The Wake County Board of Education will get an update on the plan during Tuesday’s regular meeting, Tata said.