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Students rally to keep Broughton's magnet status

Posted December 9, 2008 7:06 p.m. EST
Updated December 9, 2008 9:32 p.m. EST

— The Wake County School Board is scheduled to decide Broughton High School's magnet status on Wednesday.

Some people say the magnet status is why the school is such a good place to learn. Some school board members say the high school is so successful, it no longer meets the criteria to be a magnet school.

Former and current students held signs and candles during a rally outside the school Tuesday afternoon.

“It's not only given us a better way to learn, a better curriculum, but it has taught us to speak out. When we are faced with this issue, we are not being disrespectful. We are not being a mean group of students. We're trying to say what we believe in, what we think is right, and what we know is better for us as students,” Broughton student Forrest Finch said.

"We love neighborhood schools, but it is awesome that Broughton is a combination of a neighborhood school with an international focus and an expectation of excellence that is for every student at the school,” Broughton High graduate Courtney Crumpler said at a public meeting Monday night.

The school board is scheduled to vote on the status Wednesday morning.