Parents emotional at student assignment hearing

December 5, 2012 8:27:45 PM PST
The Wake County School Board heard some tearful pleas at their final hearing on the student assignment plan.

One by one, parents spoke out at Rolesville Middle School Wednesday evening.

"This chaos, I've never seen exist in any school system anywhere in the world that I've lived before," said one father. "I do not understand why that exists here."

"How do I go home and explain to him that his brother can attend a school close to him but he can't," said parent Amy Bratager.

"We need some consistency. We need some stability. Where's the commitment to the students," said parent Pierre Bushell

Parents packed the school auditorium and expressed their dismay over the school assignment plan that some say is ever changing.

However, school board members said the new plan affects just one percent of the students in the largest school system in the state. They say students who are happy in their current schools can stay where they are.

For the students who are reassigned to one of the counties three new schools, they can apply to stay where they are, but would have to provide their own transportation.

Also, every student will get a calendar option, which means if a student is assigned to go to a traditional school but they want to go year-round, they can apply to transfer and vice versa.

Some parents are still clearly frustrated.

"My husband and I have discussed moving out of state if we don't see some stability," said parent Gulla.

The school board plans to vote on the changes to the student assignment plan on Dec. 11.

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