Updated 09/18/2012 09:34 PM
Wake County School Board unveils address-based assignment plan
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CARY—The public now has their first look at Wake County's newest assignment plan proposal.
The plan was officially presented to the Wake School Board at their meeting Tuesday night. It is known as the Base Attendance Assignment Plan.
School leaders say its a compromise between base neighborhood schools and the controlled choice plan. Under the new proposal, all homes in Wake County will have an assigned base school.
Families will also have the opportunity to apply to other schools during an open enrollment period. However like the current choice plan, if a school is full, new students will not be accepted, even new base students.
The students will be sent to a nearby overflow school. The school system says it will provide transportation for some of these school options, but not all of them.
Some board members said they were mostly happy with the new proposal. However at least one board member was concerned this new plan still does not do enough to prevent some neighborhood schools from filling with low income or low performing students.
“If we go to a strict neighborhood school idea, we will have achievement isolation, and various other demographic isolations which are not healthy,“ said Wake School Board member Jim Martin.
A major point of this new assignment plan is no one has to change schools if they do not want to. Every child will be grandfathered into their current school assignment, if they want to stay there.
The new plan is not a done deal yet. The board is expected to vote on it by the end of October. For comprehensive details on the plan, or to submit comments, visit the Wake County Public School System website.