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Parents, School Officials Take Part In Wake Education Summit

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Wake County school system is falling short of a goal set for next year. Ninety-five percent of its students will not be at grade level, so hundreds of people from parents to principals discussed what's important for Wake County achools beyond 2003.

Wake Education Partnership

sponsors the summit meetings to help guide the public schools.

"When the community feels that they have had significant input into the creation of their goal, then they own it and then they see what kind of progress has been made so what they are actually doing is expecting the best from the school district," said Bill McNeal, superintendent for Wake County Schools.

Participants learned the school system will fall short of its main goal: to have 95 percent of students at or above grade level by 2003. The summit asks for imput table-by-table ideas from the community to lead the school system beyond next year. Parents want better communication.

"The school system should have that responsibility to let the family know what is going on before the last minute, so we all have time to come together," parent Lee Gordon said.

The ideas from the summit will be consolidated and given to the school board in about three weeks. The board will then plan for the school system beyond 2003.

The Wake School system also has a community advisory committee, which recently finished an audit of school spending. It plans to make its financial recommendations public June 19.


Yvonne Simons, Reporter
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