Next phase of Wake assignment plan begins

October 24, 2011 4:36:12 AM PDT
The next phase of Wake County schools brand new student assignment plan begins Monday. The school system is posting the first choice lists online for parents.

The district is using tools to help parents look at choices for elementary schools closer to their home that they can apply to have their children attend.

Some parents eagerly await those lists, but not everyone's a fan of the concept.

"Everybody admits it's not perfect, but it provides for necessary adjustments as we go along and I think everybody's ready just to move on and to delay it I think would be doing the thing that they're saying that we're rushing to prevent, which is politics," said Bob Moore with Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

While some still criticize the board's action.

"I am not pleased with the vote," Rev. Portia Rochelle, a community pastor said. "There are too many questions about the new assignment plan."

After pre-vote criticism, the school board chair said, "Node assignments are gone. There will no longer be assignments based on one's socio-economic status or race. "

The new assignment plan replaces Wake County's former model of busing students to achieve balance in socio-economic diversity with a new one based on four elements: proximity, choice, stability and student achievement.

Click here for more detailed information about the plan on the WCPSS web site

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