Burgetta Wheeler is ringing the "alarm bells" about the new student assignment plan.
In her column today, Wheeler charges that "we seem to have skipped a few of those steps on our way to implementing the nearly incomprehensible Wake County schools assignment plan." She writes that parents are "becoming frightfully aware of some of those emerging weaknesses, costs and consequences" of the plan.
Wheeler points to the decline in magnet applications that she attributes to families no longer being able to return to base. She writes that the new feeder patterns are restricting choice for families who want to leave their feeder, are newcomers or who are leaving charter schools.
"March 16 is the day parents who have ranked choices will find out where their children have been assigned," Wheeler writes. "The casualty count and collateral damage could be considerable."