Buyer's remorse seems to be setting in among Broughton High School parents over the decision to save the magnet program.
As noted in today's article, some parents whose neighborhoods are in the draft reassignment plan are saying that Broughton no longer needs the magnet program. They're asking the school board to revisit the magnet vote in hopes that demagnetization will spare a mass reassignment out of Broughton.
What may help these parents is that families who aren't in the draft are getting scared that they'll be next. It's limiting the number of Broughton parents who might lobby to save the magnet program.
"I'm on the fence," said Lisa Pace, a Broughton base parent not facing reassignment. "A lot of people in this situation don't know what to think."
The base could be a big reason why Broughton kept the magnet program last month while it was removed from Daniels Middle School. The base parents at Daniels largely sat out the fight, leaving it up to the magnet families.
But both base and magnet families were vocal in lobbying to preserve Broughton's IB program.
Broughton is facing a net reduction of 243 students over the next three years that would free up enough seats to increase the magnet pecentage from 29 percent of the enrollment up to 40 percent. It's still less than the 66 percent magnet population at Enloe High and the 70 percent at Southeast Raleigh High.
The pitch from the demagnetization crowd is that Broughton is healthy enough that it will do well without a magnet program. They've suggested that the IB magnet program be transferred to Millbrook High School.
This message has been repeatedly made to administrators and school board members, both in public at last week's board meeting and CEM meeting and in private.
Asst. Supt. Chuck Dulaney told parents last week that it would be up to the board and not staff to revisit Broughton's magnet status. He said staff was only carrying out the board's decision.
Rosa Gill, chairwoman of the school board, said none of the other board members have asked yet about revisiting the issue. But things could change by the time the board meets next Tuesday.
Board member Patti Head said she'd be willing to revisit the issue. She was part of the unanimous vote last month to keep Broughton as a magnet school.