Durham parents have sent out the message they don't want to emulate some aspects of Wake County's magnet school application process.
As noted in today's article by Virginia Bridges, Durham Superintendent Eric Becoats announced Wednesday that the district was putting on hold a controversial revamp of its magnet program. Durham was looking at creating magnet pathway feeders, that they called "links," that would have reduced the number of open lottery seats.
If some of that sounds familiar, it may be because Caroline Massengill, Wake's former magnet director, was paid $22,500 by Durham to help develop the plan. Massengill and Becoats said that the changes would help improve Durham's chances of winning a federal magnet school grant.
But the changes produced a parental backlash. It looks like the biggest complaints came from parents upset that the changes would reduce the number of open seats at the Durham School of the Arts.