Here's the short version on the new student assignment model presented today by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the Wake Education Partnership.
Under the “controlled-choice model” developed by Michael Alves, every Wake County family would be offered a choice of at least 10 elementary schools, five middle schools and five high schools. That list would include at least two magnet schools, two year-round schools and two traditional-calendar schools.
It's being billed as a compromise that would allow more students to go to schools closer to where they live while allowing some diversity in schools by trying not to overload them with too many low-achieving students.
Click here to read the online story.
BTW, school board vice chairwoman Debra Goldman is here at the press briefing. I don't yet see any of the other board members here.
In case you missed the link in the post to view the proposal, click here.
Tweaked wording to say at least 10 elementary, five middle and five high schools.
Here's a statement from Superintendent Tony Tata on today's proposal:
"I want to thank the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the Wake Education Partnership for sponsoring Mr. Alves’ work on this proposal. Right now I am collecting a variety of data and suggestions regarding our approach to long-term student assignment and will use the information presented to us as another input on my listening tour. At the appropriate time, the Wake County Public School System team will develop the ultimate plan which we will deliver to the Board of Education for their review, input and approval.
This is a highly complex and emotional challenge that requires input and discussion from the entire community in order for us to craft a solution that truly meets the needs of all families in Wake County. The Chamber and Wake Ed Partnership’s proposal today will contribute to our planning process as we develop our student assignment plans in the months ahead."