The big news out of today's press conference is that the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the Wake Education Partnership are hiring Michael Alves to develop his own student assignment plan for Wake County.
Alves, the leading proponent for controlled choice, will develop a plan using most of the same criteria that the school board is using such as stability, choice and proximity. But they're asking him to also balance student achievement at schools as a fourth criteria for the new map.
"We believe this is important because a plan that balances student achievement makes it more likely that every school can attract and retain good principals and teachers," said Jim Beck, chairman of the Chamber's education committee.
If those words sound familiar, it's what was used to justify balancing schools by socioeconomic diversity.
Student achievement has been discussed by the school board's student assignment committee but they're not looking at trying to draw up zones to balance out passing rates.
Alves will present his plan to the student assignment committee in late November or early December. Beck said the Alves plan shouldn't be considered a rival plan but something that would be of use to the school board in developing the new model.