Sen. Neal Hunt sponsoring neighborhood schools bill
Sen. Neal Hunt, R-Wake is sponsoring a bill before the North Carolina General Assembly is aimed at putting end to the controversial school busing issue.Posted — Updated
Sen. Neal Hunt, R-Wake is sponsoring the bill.
"If you lived right near a school, what sense does it make to pack that person up and bus them across town,” Hunt said.
Officials with Wake County schools say only 3 percent of students involuntarily get bused to a school more than 5 miles away.
School officials also say student reassignment is primarily to account for projected growth. Districts also need to make room for low-income students who are often bused to meet economic-diversity goals for each school.
Also, under the bill, staff at schools that meet expectations would not get bonuses; only those at schools that exceed expectations would get them.
"It makes absolute sense to pay the best teachers more than the worst teachers,” Hunt said.
A similar bill proposed last year didn't pass after getting a failing grade from the North Carolina Association of Educators. A spokesperson from the association was not available for comment Monday night.
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