It looks like school board members and county commissioners are going to have to settle for being disappointed with today's media coverage of the joint meeting.
During Wednesday's joint meeting, school board member Horace Tart brought up an argument that's increasingly being used by the district and its supporters. He complained that the media reporting that nearly 25,000 students being reassigned over the next three years "isn't the whole story."
Tart argued that the "real number" being moved is 10,000 students.
First off, Tart pointed out that the 24,654 student figure includes kids who haven't started kindergarten yet. It also includes kids who are not yet Wake students who are projected to move into the district over the next three years.
School officials say 20,230 students physically in the district now would be moved in the plan.
Tart said you also have to throw in the kids who won't be moved because of the expanded grandfathering adopted by the board this year and those whose transfer appeals will be approved.
Tart argued that it drops to around 10,000 students who will be moved over the next three years. He said that's some 3,000+ kids a year, less than those that have been moved in recent years.
"When you look at the actual number of students who have to transfer without a choice, there’s a great difference," Tart said.
Commissioner Betty Lou Ward said she hoped the newspaper heard that.
Commissioner Lindy Brown said she hopes the media will publicize that information.
Yes, it was heard.
But a big part of the reduction in kids moved assumes that all those families will take advantage of grandfathering options. Families, especially low-income ones, are going to be hard pressed to use grandfathering because it would require them to provide their own transportation.
Considering the other things that were discussed at the joint meeting, arguments about the number of students who would be reassigned didn't make the cut in print.