Board considers changes to school reassignment plan

January 25, 2008 1:40:46 PM PST
They've heard all the comments and now Wake County School leader must decide whether to make any changes to their controversial reassignment proposal.

Friday, the school board held one of two meetings scheduled to consider changes the plan that would shuffle nearly 7000-students.

Board members say reassignment is necessary in order to control growth and promote diversity among 6800 students enrolled in the Wake County Public School System.

The plan calls for bussing some students to schools farther away from their homes. Many of the students being bused are low income students. Board members are also trying to even out the amount of free and reduced lunches should be offered at schools.

Thursday night, the third and final public hearing on the reassignment plan began with another tumultuous start at Middle Creek High School in Apex.

"You're on a bad path that will likely end with a mass exodus of your wealthiest and let's be honest, most academically gifted families," one concerned parent said. "Once they're gone they won't come back."

The school board says it needs to reassign nearly 7,000 students in order to control growth and enhance diversity.

Parents say the plan presents serious transportation, time and stability issues.

"Stop bussing children of poverty from school to school," a parent said. "Get them settled in a school so that relationships building gets past the early stages."

"We need to go back to start considering our children as people, rather than percentage and scores and statistics," another parent added.

The board says all the comments, as well as more than 1,500 emails they received, will be taken into consideration before the final reassignment plan is voted on in February.


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