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Wake schools says majority of students live close

Posted June 19, 2009 4:54 p.m. EDT
Updated June 22, 2009 11:15 a.m. EDT

Eighty-six percent of Wake County Public School System students are assigned to a school within 5 miles of the school they attend, according to a new study by the district.

— Eighty-six percent of Wake County Public School System students are assigned to a school within 5 miles of home, according to a new study by the district.

The study, based on the 2006-2007 school year, shows about 55 percent of students attended a school of their choice within 5 miles of their homes.

Overall, about 80 percent of all students in the school system live within 5 miles of their school.

In 2006-07, the most recent year for which numbers are available, there were 128,260 students enrolled in the school system. The number does not include special-needs students.

The maximum distance between a student’s home and assigned school was 14 miles.

The report is based on the distance directly from a student's home to the school and does not factor in the route traveled to get to school.

The results of the study were similar to a study conducted during the 2003-04 school year, in which 85.6 percent of students lived within 5 miles of their school.

The study comes at a time when parents are concerned about reassignment because of student population growth or diversity. Some arguments against reassignment have to do with concerns that travel time is too long.