Parents await Wake reassignment revision

December 16, 2008 5:08:20 AM PST
Tuesday Wake County parents will get a first look at the revised reassignment plan.

School officials originally released the plan in November. It entailed possibly moving thousands of students over the next three years.

After the release of the first draft, the school system held five meetings to get feedback from parents.

During a meeting at Cary High School, tensions rose as parents opposing the plan spoke out against possible changes.

"Our kids will be losing their friends when they move from their middle school to their high school," parent Rob Galvin said.

Another parent explained how she would have to juggle one child in year-round school and a second in traditional school.

"I'm going to be balancing a year-round child a mile from my house -- to a child that would go to high school 6 miles from my house on a traditional calendar year," Heather Schneider explained. "They're going to miss out on opportunities because I can't be two places at once."

The latest assignment revison will reveal who was dropped and who was added from the original draft, which called for shuffling more than 26,000 students over the next three years.

It's something school officials say they have to do to fight overcrowding.

According to the first draft, 1 in 5 students would be transferred -- many as a part of the system's plan to focus on socio-economic diversity.


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