Tata says assignment plan will go forward

Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata

January 6, 2012 10:54:30 AM PST
Wake County's superintendent said Friday that the recently approved assignment plan will move forward with some compromise.

During his weekly news briefing, Tony Tata said he is listening to the concerns parents and new school board members have about the choice plan.

"Any plan includes some kind of compromises somewhere," he said. "Even in a well developed plan that's based on research and data, like this one, there are questions and anxiety and change is hard."

On Tuesday, new school board members picked apart and questioned the sustainability of the new student assignment plan. One of members called the plan "unsustainable."

The plan is supposed to give parents their choice of schools based on where they live, but some parents and board members said they are concerned some of those schools are already full.

Parents also expressed that their choice of schools are not as close as they should be.

After a tense school board meeting, the Wake County School Board decided to make changes.

"So the board wisely asked us to research the impact of making certain changes to the assignment plan and that work is underway and we'll bring it to the board at next Tuesday's meeting," Tata said.

Tata added that he feels confident the assignment plan will move forward.

"I think the student assignment plan is broadly supported by our community based upon the feedback I get as I go around and talk to groups," he said.

The school board meets again Tuesday and is expected to go over some of the tweaks in the plan.

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