Tata: New assignment plan ready to go

Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata

September 30, 2011 10:24:41 AM PDT
Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata announced Friday that the new student assignment plan is ready to go.

Tata has spent the past seven months developing the plan and getting input from the community.

He said during his weekly news conference that he felt they are now ready to move forward into the next phase.

"This has been a long, thorough process," Tata said

The superintendent said the new student assignment plan is a hybrid of the best features of the blue and green proposals rolled out earlier in the year.

"Attempting to provide the flexibility parents seek in choice, but the security families desire in designated feeder patterns," he said.

Some of the plan highlights include; school choices and priorities based on a family's specific address, with priority to most proximate schools. And the preservation of magnet schools in their current state, to help mitigate the spread of high poverty schools.

Superintendent Tata said he hoped the school board would vote on the new proposed plan on October 18, so they could inform parents and make assignments in time for the start of next school year.

"You get a vote in the middle of October, you've got about eight work weeks, factoring in Thanksgiving and Christmas to really get this thing right," he said.

There will be one more public hearing about the plan on October 13.

Tata said even though that's just a few days before the final vote, they would still have enough time to make any changes if needed.

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