Wake Schools releases proposed assignment plans

May 22, 2011 9:00:00 PM PDT
The Wake County Public School System posted two new proposed student assignment plans to its website Monday afternoon.

Both plans are said to offer families stability and access to high performing schools. One of the biggest driving forces in changing the way students are assigned to schools is stability.

Some parents say they're sick of being assigned to a different school year after year as the county continues to grow.

Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata says the proposals released Monday offer stability, proximity and choice while focusing on achievement.

"We want to make sure that every student has access to high performing schools," Tata said.

Tata said that's his number one goal in coming up with a long range student assignment plan. And that's what the state NAACP has asked for during its protests: equal opportunities for all students.

The Superintendent says schools will be diverse even though he can't guarantee there won't be any nearly all white, all black, mostly rich or mostly poor schools.

"I can't predict race or economic diversity by school, but I can tell you we're trying to increase the access to high achieving schools for low performing students," Tata said. "That has been center to the discussion that we have had."

After countless public meetings and reviewing the way dozens of other school districts assign, Tata's team came up with nine plans and narrowed them down to two.

On the school system's website, you can see how the team came up with each plan.

Click here to read the plans.

Tata says both plans offer something for everyone while trying to do what's best for students and for families.

"We want every child to have access to either the school they want to go to if it's across the street or an achievement choice," he added.

The first is called the Blue Plan and is a community based choice model. Parents will have a list of four to six schools to choose from and rank, including traditional calendar, year-round, magnet options and at least one high performing school called an achievement choice.

The second plan is called the Green Plan. It's similar to what is currently used and focuses on proximity to residence, student achievement and capacity.

Tata believes both plans will keep the population in schools diverse and have more to offer those who feel they're currently being left behind.

"We try to prevent a density of low performing schools," Tata said.

NC NAACP President William Barber issued a statement Monday in response to the two proposed plans.

"We will thoroughly study the proposed plans and their implications and consult with our researchers and attorneys before making a detailed statement. Our goal remains that every child receives a constitutional, high quality, well-funded, diverse public education."

Barber hopes to meet with Tata soon to discuss the proposals.

The public can weigh in now through June 12.

The community information meetings will begin at 6 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, May 31 at Enloe High, Millbrook Magnet High and Athens Drive High
  • Wednesday, June 1 at Panther Creek High
  • Thursday, June 2 at Wake Forest-Rolesville High, Garner Magnet High, Sanderson High, Cary High and Holly Springs High

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