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Group Urges Wake Schools to Focus Inside Classrooms

Posted January 18, 2007 9:10 p.m. EST

A new report from an advocacy organization is out on Wake County Public Schools.

The Wake Education Partnership said Thursday that the schools need to focus as much attention on what goes on inside the classroom as they do on finding space to accommodate the burgeoning school population.

The organization pointed out several areas that it said attention.

One is to make sure that education money is spent as efficiently and effectively as possible. Another point is to give teachers an opportunity to grow. The partnership also said the system needs to asses the magnet school program periodically to see if it can improve.

The partnership’s report is called Quality Matters 2006. It was distributed to elected officials and other school leaders. at Kilpatrick Stockton.

“Most of our community’s attention in 2006 centered on constructing schools and adding seats for new students,” said Jay Silver, chair of the group’s Quality Matters Committee. “While these issues are important, they draw public attention away from critical issues related to student performance. The next level of success will not come easily. The challenges on the horizon require time, attention, and even money—all of which are in limited supply.”

The Quality Matters report has been issued annually since 2001.