Here are some tidbits from today's news conference with Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata.
Tata said there were 5,115 magnet school applications as of 5 a.m. today, an amount comparable to the same time in the application process in February. He said that historically there's a last-minute spike, which could again occur before the close of this year's filing period at 10 p.m. Monday.
Tata urged parents to apply even though they might be discouraged about how the system lists so few magnet seats at some popular schools. As previously noted, the seat numbers reflect how Wake preassigned 1,892 rising magnet sixth- and ninth-graders for next school year because it's part of their feeder.
Click here to view the online story about the presentation at the Realtors meeting.