Cary leaders back down from creating new district

February 14, 2008 3:15:35 PM PST
Some Cary town leaders have backed down from calling for their own separate school district.

They are still very critical of the reassignment policy which tries to keep all schools from having a high percentage of low income students.

Big defenders of Wake's diversity policy are also speaking up.

Outside Cary's Weatherstome Elementary School, Paula Renke says she can't figure out the formulas which decide which children get reassigned to different schools and which children get to stay at the neighborhood school.

"I've been trying to follow it," Renke said. "It's very confusing. Reading the newspaper, watching it on TV, and getting on the Web site, it's pretty hard to keep on it."

Wake School reassignments did not go over well with Cary parents. Some have voiced support for a separate school district.

"I think it would probably be a really good thing for us right now," Cary resident Michael Holland said. "It would give us a chance to bring the kids together and not be reassigned every year."

Some Cary Town Council members have now stepped back from talk of school secession. But now they want to get involved.

Supporters of the reassignment policy say that's fine.

"What we want to do now is open up the conversation and get it going so we can all be working together," said Ann Denlinger of Wake Ed Partnership.

But they are also speaking up, saying schools in low income neighborhoods will suffer greatly without a diversity policy, which includes some reassignments.

"You end up with large numbers of schools that many people would not be willing to send their children to," Denlinger said.

Renke agrees. "Having moved from the Detroit area, it's a very valid point. There were just lots and lots of schools that did not meet the academic challenges."

Renke also says she's ready to move her children to private school if they get reassigned next year.


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