The Burke County school system has dodged a bullet and will keep its high school accreditation from AdvancED.
AdvancED told school board members on Thursday that they had decided not to go ahead with their decision to pull accreditation at the end of June. Instead, citing progress made by the school system, they're putting Burke County on probation.
How this decision could impact Wake remains to be seen. During today's press conference, Wake Superintendent Tony Tata said the district is in "good shape' to respond to AdvancED when the monitoring team comes back in the fall.
As an indication of how big a deal it was in Burke, the Morganton Herald reported today that the telephone conference call from AdvancED to the Burke school board was streamed live online.
Click here for the new AdvancED report to Burke.
While expressing relief in the news, some Burke County school board members indicated they will support seeking possible accreditation by the State Board of Education in addition to or as a possible alternative to accreditation by AdvancED.
During today's press conference, Tata said it's too early to say how the new state high school accreditation law will impact Wake. He said he wanted to see how the state Department of Public Instruction will set up the process for getting accreditation approved by the state Board.