Wake County parents protest school choice plan

April 24, 2012 3:12:46 PM PDT
Dozens of Wake County parents are voicing their anger about the school choice plan to the school board.

Many parents told ABC11 that they feel like they're being left out and that the board is not listening to them.

Those parents protested before Tuesday evening's meeting before going inside to speak to the board during the public comment portion of the meeting.

The complaints about the current choice/proximity assignment plan vary widely from protester to protester but all seemed to agree that there are many glitches in the new plan.

They said, for many parents, the plan is more chance than choice. They also claimed the board is ignoring the glitches and the need for widespread changes.  

Some of the protesters supported the change from diversity-based assignments to a neighborhood schools plan. However,  they said that isn't what they got.

"This plan makes me so angry that it's worth our time and energy to speak out and to, you know, hopefully makes this better for our county because I see it affecting our economics," said parent Sally Wooten. "It's definitely going to affect our real estate, and it definitely affects our children."

Wooten said she didn't really mind the old diversity assignment policy, but she and other said they are not suggesting going back to that. Instead, they want a moratorium on the current plan until it can be fixed.

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