Wake released the plan Saturday and dozens of parents gathered at Knightdale High Thursday night for their first opportunity to comment.
Wake County school leaders say reassignment will prevent overcrowding. The latest proposal will shuffle more than 26,000 students to different schools in a three year period.
Many parents are concerned it will make it hard for their children to adjust.
"I foresee more confusion from people," parent Jennifer Mansfield said.
Wake County Public Schools hopes its new multi-year reassignment proposal will save parents from seeing their children switch schools from one year to the next.
They also say they'll keep students together through elementary, middle and high school. But those guarantees are not enough for some parents.
"We would like our children to stay together and I hope that you consider keeping them together," parent Dawn Clark said.
Parents have through December to give their opinions about the plan before it may change again. The final plan could be announced by February.