How much revision is in store for year two of the new Wake County student assignment plan?
As noted in today's article, new Democratic school board members Susan Evans and Christine Kushner acknowledge it's too difficult to make changes at this late date for the 2012-13 school year. But they are talking about looking at substantive changes for the 2013-14 school year.
Kushner talked about the possibility of merging the choice plan with the base assignment component of the old plan.
“I want to explore a hybrid model, some residence-based assignment with expanded choice,” Kushner said.
Said Kushner’s fellow Democrat Susan Evans, “The families seem quite frustrated at being in limbo for quite a long time. The main thing I want to know is, how is the plan working for the people who entered the choice the process?
You also had school board vice chairman Keith Sutton recently talking about adding diversity components back into the student assignment policy.
Both Evans and Kushner, during their board comments Tuesday, pointed to how well Raleigh fared in the recent Brookings Institution report that found that education gaps were the smallest of any of the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country. Noting how the Brookings report speculated that the reasons was the old diversity policy, Evans and Kushner said keeping alive elements of the old assignment policy should be considered.
During his board comments, board member John Tedesco cautioned against comparing the Raleigh-Cary metro area with the other more low-income metro areas in the report.