Wake parents vow to restructure school board

February 6, 2009 7:02:05 AM PST
Wake County parents are rallying, hoping to shake up the school board. Tuesday the Wake County School Board voted and approved the plan to reassign more than 24,000 students to new schools over the next three years.

Click here to read details about the reassignment plan.

A group of parents met Thursday night to create a group called Community Alliance. The organization represents concerned parents from across the county.

The group will focus on the future of Wake's public schools and where to go from the latest reassignment vote.

Parent Kristen Stocking said parents did not meet Thursday evening to try and change the reassignment plan.

Instead, parents say losing the reassignment battle has brought them together.

"Wake County Schools' destructive reassignment policy have brought us together tonight looking for positive change," parent Allison Backhouse said during the rally.

Ready to make their next move, the parents say their strategy is to restructure the school board.

"The Board of Education has shown time and time again that families are not important and that the stability of children is irrelevant," Backhouse said.

So, the parents are making their own plan.

"We must support and elect candidates who support families, stability, and choice in education," Backhouse said passionately as she address the crowd. "There has never been more parental support for change as there is right now. I wish the elections were tomorrow."

The Wake Schools Community Alliance's next meeting is scheduled for March 5.


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