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Discussing the impact of community-based schools on real estate

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What impact will the community-based school assignment plan have on Wake County real estate and property taxes?

The "Cost of Schools Plan" is the title of the discussion forum that will be held Tuesday from 6-8:15 p.m. at the Hot Point Cafe at North Hills in Raleigh. Some of the names of the speakers should be familiar.

Speakers include Knightdale Mayor Russell Killen, who spoke at the Friends of Diversity press conference, and Wake Education Partnership VP Tim Simmons. His boss, Ann Denliger, also attended the Friends of Diversity event.

Anne Sherron, the District 6 board advisory council chairwoman and a member of the school board's student assignment committee, will also be speaking in her role as a realtor.

Sherron has repeatedly said, including at the March 20 Great Schools in Wake Coalition forum, that the new board's actions are causing companies not to want to relocate to Wake County.

Leaders of the Wake Schools Community Alliance were invited to attend as well. But Jennifer Mansfield, a member of the WSCA's steering committee, said she's not sure if anyone will be able to attend because of scheduling conflicts.

I don't know enough about the other speakers to say if they have a particular viewpoint about scrapping the use of the diversity policy.

The event is open to the public but you're asked to RSVP.

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Schools as an economic tool

I find it really puzzling that some business leaders have been criticized lately for their donations to improve our schools, and yet there are some business leaders who are in the position to make their PROFITS from how schools fare  - and are excused to stoke this topic?

Schools as an economic tool. This seems so manipulative and yet somehow naively transparent to bring out right now. It really tells us who is running scared right now. The donors to WEP. The same ones who have been trying to sell Wake County to the world. The same ones who have agreed to turn a blind eye at our REAL education data. Abysmal. 

Who are they trying to attract to this forum? With the little time I have left to spend as 'free time', discussing real estate values isn't where you'll find me. Why aren't we trying to solve the achievement problems first? We have some critical problems. Attracting more people isn't one of them. If this had been a discussion about education and achievement gaps I would have been there. Schools as an economic tool. This all makes sense, of course, if they are intending to telegraph that for them this really IS about politics and big business.

Oh, just in time for tax day the announcement shrieked. Thank you. I'm so glad you're concerned about Wake County children (cough cough - economic pawns).  

Nationally Recognized

You reap what you sew. The N &O is choosing the "WCPSS is in a state of Armageddon" so since all media, national or local love a good fight, of course we are getting nationally recognized.

Previously, WCPSS LOVED the "national recognition" for it's Diversity Policy.

People that didnt do their homework weren't wary of moving here before, because WCPSS was "nationally recognized".....What the national recognition didn't tell them, and what was a nasty surprise to many were the constant reassignments, the change in calendar and inflexibility of the previous boards on transfers.

I can't tell you the number of times that WakeCARES heard from freaked out parents who said they had no idea about these issues. Also those who dealt with realtors who acknowledged the "current" school associated with home purchases but didn't let on it was likely to change.

Further...Cary was in Money Magazine's "top 10" cities to live in for years. They were knocked out (according to the MM article) for changing calendars despite heavy parental dissent.

I can also tell you that WakeCAREs received many emails from people who said (2 years ago) they decided NOT to move here because of the inconsistencieis in assignments and fear of calendar changes.

Further still: Lawyers, builders and plumbing contractors (all that reaped financial rewards from their participation) have traditionally played a large part in building/planning/construction committees in wcpss.

Look at WCPSS vendors, then look at those on past bond committees etc, you'll see alot of the same names on both lists.

"What the national

"What the national recognition didn't tell them, and what was a nasty surprise to many were the constant reassignments, the change in calendar and inflexibility of the previous boards on transfers. "

Constant reassignments - due to growth.

Change in calendar - due to growth.

And as far as transfers - somewhat inflexible, but they went above and beyond what they had to do to accomodate those parents that wanted to opt out of their calendar. 
Stop blaming the diversity policy on all of this.  While SOME reassignments may be due to diversity, I would bet that most of these parents complaining moved into a high growth area.  (perhaps in your neck of the woods?)  Don't be in denial - its not going to change.

Magnet Parent....the growth

Magnet Parent....the growth rates were inflated in order to pass the bond.

Look at the projected growth vs. actual, (prior to the recession) Apex has had the slowest growth rate in all of the Wake Co. towns, but had ALL but one school converted to YR.

 Also, I understand your wanting to support the former majority or the way things were in order to preserve your magnet opportunity. Those who were denied that opportunity as well as those whose magnet status was stripped are less sympathetic to the way things were.

Look up articles and stats on the bond campaign and you'll see what I am talking about.

 

Don't worry, the YR schools

Don't worry, the YR schools will be over capacity as soon as the neighborhood assignment plan is implemented.  And Apex may have slowed growth (I've seen what the recession has done to some subdivisions in Apex) but Cary has not slowed down a bit.  That is the high growth parents I was referring to.

Thank you for your "understanding" and "concern" regarding the magnet schools.  Considering I did not mention magnet schools in my post, I will take it as a snide remark and nothing more.  I was fortunate to have my kids take part in it, but would not look down on anyone else if I was not one of the lucky ones to get in.  It's a good program that should be preserved and not thrown away.  It is your issue, not mine.

I was sincere in my remarks

I was sincere in my remarks regarding the magnet program. I have many friends who participate in magnet schools and worked closely with the Lincoln Heights magnet when they were trying to preserve their programs.

 I assumed you were a magnet parent due to your user name.

Regarding growth in Cary, why weren't more Cary schools affected by conversions if the growth there warranted it.

Further, I wish only to have a productive dialogue with you or any other bloggers who wish to participate.  Any "snideness" is assumed on your part.

 

My guess on why more Cary

My guess on why more Cary schools were not affected? The squeaky wheel.  I agree in that Apex had a large number of year-rounds created, and more should have been created in Cary - but look at the constant push-back the school board is currently getting from that area.  Cary was also getting some new schools, which were set to be YR.

I believe that the board readdressed some of it by re-converting Baucom back to traditional, realizing the growth predictions were off (and the mass exodous due to having to offer an opt-out traditional calendar).   Its not a perfect science, especially since the school board has no say in where the development is going to occur and how fast, but they had a defined set of criteria they had to follow to come up with the list.  Baucom was over capacity, for example. 

Where you are off, however, is your assumption that I support the old board or "the way things were in order to preserve my magnet opportunity".  Believe me, I have had my run-ins with the old board on a personal level - I did not get my way on an issue that greatly affected my family.

However, I do not respect nor trust the new board at this point.  The new boards actions to this point have made me more sympathetic to the old board and how difficult their task is and was in the past.  Its not about "me", its about the system as a whole, and sometimes you can't please everybody.  They need to make their decisions based on the benefit to the students as a whole, and did alot of planning and research to back their decisions.  Until I see evidence of that with the new majority, I will not have faith in their "plan".  Regarding magnets, I believe in the program and its purpose and would hate to see it destroyed.  Will it affect me? Unlikely as my time in the program is running out.  But its not about me.

 

Magnet Parent,  Honestly

Magnet Parent,

 Honestly I am not assuming anything other than that you had kids in the magnet program due to your name. I'm a nice person......really!

To clarify ALL but 1 elementary school in Apex were converted. In addition to the conversions, came the policy that all new construction in El (and maybe middle) would be YR.

There were a disproportionate number of YR schools in this end of the county. Remember too, it wasn't about being anti-year round, it was about not having options others in the county had to summer enrichment opportunities and consistent family schedules.

 

How many elementary schools

How many elementary schools were in Apex at that time?  What was the growth rate?  Wasn't Apex exploding back then? 

How many Apex schools would have been at or above capacity if there had been more TR schools?

Didn't the old board convert one of the old schools back after some new openings increased capacity in that area?

How would you have suggested WCPSS respond to an area that grew by about 50% in 6 or 7 years?  (That's just Apex....I imagine there was a lot of growth in that general area that would have a Raleigh or Cary address, too)

 

Answering your questions

danofnc....

At the time of the conversions, the Apex Elementary schools were  Turner Creek (vol. YR) and traditional schools Baucom, Apex El, Salem, and Olive chapel.

Don't remember the growth rate back then but it was NOT exploding. It was among the slowest growing in Wake Co.

Unlike most of you bloggers, I'm not quick with links to get you the growth rate percentage during the bond campaign adn conversions..2006? 

Baucom acutally had less students as a YR school than they did as a traditional school prior to conversion and yes, it was the one school "rolled back" by the previous board.

To my knowledge...NONE of the Apex schools were over capacity. In fact at the time the one YR school, Turner Creek was not at capacity either...they were not operating on double tracks.

Did Apex area grow 50 percent in 7 years?

 

  2006/07 numbers prior

 

2006/07 numbers prior to YR conversion
                    enrollment     capacity        w/trailers
Baucom:      904                632               865    
Apex:          639                586               720 
Turner:        821               779               1003

Baucom was over capacity when they decided to convert it.  The numbers dropped after conversion, I believe, due to parents opting out for a traditional calendar.  Then Baucom was converted back.

According to wiki: 

The population in Apex was 20,212 at the 2000 census and estimated to be 34,937 in 2009  (72% increase)

 

I don't doubt it

I don't doubt you are a nice person.  My response was only to the sentence I included in quotes from your previous post.   I have strong feelings about the changes going here, as do you.  But it seemed like you had reduced my concerns down to "how will it affect me?"  That couldn't be further from the truth.  Don't take it personally.  We disagree on some things.  We might even agree on some things.  We are both wrong and both right.  That's why these things need to be said. Identifying what went wrong with past decisions and what went right with them is how we fix things.  I just hope the board members are listening to everything as they cast their votes. 

MP, I'm sure you are a

MP,

I'm sure you are a nice person too. :>

I agree. NO ONE has or gets everything right. Admittedly, I saw things I thought were crazy in the system before my kids entered years ago, I became an activist and more aware of more issues as my kids became students and I saw more problems.

I think that's how alot of people "get started" you become aware of issues in your own "neighborhood" and as you research you find things system wide and how one effects another.

Also, (and this is not directed to you or anyone opossing the new board or some of it's decisions) sometimes people only think they are being listened to when they are being agreed with)

I said that terribly, but hope you get the gist of it.

Hey! We agree on

Hey! We agree on something!

"sometimes people only think they are being listened to when they are being agreed with"

Couldn't have said it better. Seems to be the main theme these days.  Its time to change the focus now. Smile

....the growth rates were

....the growth rates were inflated in order to pass the bond.

So can we tear down the 15 schools the bond built and sell off the land since they were  not needed?

User...name the 15 schools

User...name the 15 schools that have been built since the bond referendum. If you have ever attended the budget session of a BoE meeting you know it is all about deferring building/repairs etc.

 There is money from the bond before the bond that has not been spent yet.

Also, check out how many YR schools are under populated. The "cost savings" needed due to "explosive growth" were never realized as the growth rates were inflated and the year round schools were not fully populated.

 

I am glad we do not need these

Amazing what Diversity can cause ... 

 

2000

Ballentine Elementary Complete
Carpenter Elementary Complete
Cedar Forks Elementary Complete
Forestville Road Elementary Complete
Heritage Elementary Complete
Heritage Middle Complete
Highcroft Drive Elementary Complete
Holly Ridge Middle Complete
Holly Ridge Elementary Complete
Knightdale High Complete
Reedy Creek Middle Complete
River Oaks Middle Complete
Salem Middle Complete
Turner Creek Elementary Complete

2004

Ballentine Elementary Complete
Carpenter Elementary Complete
Cedar Forks Elementary Complete
Forestville Road Elementary Complete
Heritage Elementary Complete
Heritage Middle Complete
Highcroft Drive Elementary Complete
Holly Ridge Middle Complete
Holly Ridge Elementary Complete
Knightdale High Complete
Reedy Creek Middle Complete
River Oaks Middle Complete
Salem Middle Complete
Turner Creek Elementary Complete


2006

Alston Ridge Elementary Construction
Banks Road Elementary Complete
Forest Ridge High Design
Herbert Akins Road Elementary Complete
Heritage High Complete
Holly Grove Middle Complete
Lake Myra Elementary Complete
Laurel Park Elementary Complete
Mills Park Middle Construction
Mills Park Elementary Complete
River Bend Elementary Complete
Rolesville Middle Design
Sycamore Creek Elementary Complete
Walnut Creek Elementary Design
Wendell Middle Complete


Future

Bryan Road Elementary On Hold
Bryan Road Middle Not Started
E-20 Elementary On Hold
E-24 Elementary Not Started
E-25 Elementary On Hold
E-28 Elementary Not Started
E-29 Elementary Not Started
E-35 Elementary Not Started
H-7 High Not Started
H-8 High On Hold
Scotts Ridge Elementary On Hold 

 

CIP 2006 On November 7, 2006, Wake County voters approved a bond referendum for CIP 2006 with a total cost of $1,055,874,837; $970 million of bonds and the remainder from “pay-as-you-go” funds.  This CIP provided funds for the construction of 17 new schools, extensive renovation of 13 existing schools, purchase of land for 13 future schools, purchase of urgently needed technology upgrades, and life-cycle projects at nearly 100 existing schools to protect student health and safety and maintain adequate instructional environments. In May 2008, the BoE approved a funding reallocation from two elementary schools to be used for the renovations needed at Wake Forest-Rolesville High School.  This revised the number of projects to 15 new schools and 14 major existing school renovations..

How does diveristy cause schools to be built?

User..

 Good list. I was speaking specifically to the 2006 bond.

Not sure how diversity builds schools.

In Wake Co, the diversity policy was used to fill schools.

My point is that many people

My point is that many people blame diversity for the frequent reassignment and discount growth in Wake ... when you look at the list of schools over the last 10 years it is amazing how much churn has happened ... each of these schools causes at least one student to move one seat over to the next school and most of the time a whole link of students across the county had to move one school over to fill these new school ... this is coming from a person who saw on new HS in 20 year growing up in my hometown.

Reassignment

User,

 It is not soley diversity, it is also growth, but diversity has a large impact on distances away from neighborhoods.

 I talked to alot of people through the years who without moving attended several schools during their child's elementary experience do to their reassignments. Some chose to leave the system altogether.

 

Additionally, at one point part of the attaction to Magnet and voluntary YR schools was the perceived "safety" from reassignment.

As an educator, and as parents, we all know consistency is key.  Changing school environments, peer groups, etc. is among the greatest stresses for children.

If such a small amount of children are moved for divesity reasons, why is this such a big deal?

 

 

If such a small amount of

The way WCPSS classifies

The way WCPSS classifies moves, your right in that the moves made SOLELY for diversity reasons are relatively small - somewhere between 5% and 10% of kids depending upon who you ask. However, many more children are moved for growth reasons than need to be moved because of the desire to maintain balance in diversity.

Building new schools to handle growth is not rocket science. If you have schools A, B, and C all expected to reach 120% capacity, you should build a new school D somewhere centrally located to schools A, B, and C, and take 30% of the kids in each of those schools and move them to school D. The nodes should be moved such that each school is served by a set of contiguous nodes, and the nodes surrounding school D definitely get to go to school D. With the proper planning, now you've got 4 schools at 90% capacity. In this scenario, I would even guess that the vast majority of the kids and parents subject to such a move would not be unsatisfied with attending a brand new school, that is as close or closer than their previous school.

But WCPSS does not assign students in this manner.

First, it is not just low SES kids that are moved into middle income schools. Beginning in 2002, WCPSS began transferring middle income kids into low income schools to help bring down the F&R levels in those schools.

Second, they don't build schools in the locations that need it. How else would you explain Dillard Drive Elementary, Swift Creek Elementary, and Yates Mill Elementary built in a 1.8 mile stretch on the rim? The population center there never needed 3 schools in that area. They were built there because they could serve children in SE Raleigh as well as kids from SW Wake. Then there was a mass exodus in that area from those schools to the magnet schools, and WCPSS was forced to reach further and further into SW Wake to get kids to populate those schools. I live on the Cary/Apex border and that did not stop WCPSS from assigning my middle class neighborhood to one of those rim schools, despite the fact that there were 21 elementary schools closer to my home.

Third, when WCPSS does populate a new school, a domino effect ensues to maintain a balance in diversity. When new school D is built, a number of kids from school A are moved into school D. But now school A is underenrolled and its F&R is too low/high, so nodes are moved from school B into school A to help balance diversity. Then guess what? School B's diversity is too low/high, so nodes from school C are moved into school B. And so on. All these moves are classified as growth related since the moves all stemmed from the opening of school D.

Now fast forward to a year or two later. WCPSS did not anticipate growth in the area of new school D (very true, I once heard Ramey Beavers say that they way WCPSS learned about new development was by driving around the county and observing where construction was happening). So now school D, just two years old, is forced to move students out of school D. Another growth related move that could have been avoided with proper planning.

WCPSS has never properly planned for growth. For years they were constantly surprised by the growth in enrollment. By the time they finally started to respond to growth (2007), the economy went South. They converted 22 schools to MYR to gain an additional 3000 seats, then sat by and watched as they over estimated growth by 2000 in '08 and another 1500 in '09.

Even if WCPSS could project growth, the manner in which they locate and populate new schools is such that growth affects many more families than it needs to.

I don't think the district

I don't think the district that I attended has a single new building.  My middle school (which opened when I was in 8th grade in 1985, I think) may very well be the last new school that opened there.

It wasn't even a new building for growth, it was just replacing a turn of the century relic that was falling down.

 

facts

Cary was in Money Magazine's "top 10" cities to live in for years. They
were
knocked out (according to the MM article) for changing calendars
despite heavy parental dissent.

Willl check on the money mag link

Carson will check it out. It was actually posted on this blog (WakeEd) awhile ago

 

Don't be surprised to see

The Raleigh City Council take steps to prevent the school board from overcrowding the school campuses ITB. This will probably come in the zoning for modulars and will put stress on the school board to find a home for these students in their neighborhood zone plan.

South runs out of room for trailers!

There's a headline that will make Raleigh proud of the national attention it receives.  Every city has zoning boards and regs.  I am sure that the BOE will cap schools that get overcrowded if necessary--that is not a new technique.  

But the future of this

But the future of this stellar district is in doubt. An election last fall changed the makeup of the school board, and the new board recently voted to end the diversity policy.

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Stellar district? Good, yes. Stellar? Not by a longshot.

Hmmm, I was not aware that

Hmmm, I was not aware that Anne Sherron was a realtor.  I believe she has served on these committees for at least a term or two.  It concerns me to have someone who determines/recommends school populations and changes to nodes that benefits financially from home sales.  The ability to impact other areas with adverse assignment conditions in lieu of your own district  seems like it presents a bit of a conflict of interest unless she recuses herself from votes that impact her area--but then that area would not have representation.   I am surprised that any realtor would be allowed to function on a board of this type.   

The ability to impact

The ability to impact other areas with adverse assignment conditions in lieu of your own district

So you are suggesting that she could be representing homes A, B, and C and NOT representing home sales in another district so would suggest "adverse assignment" conditions in the area in which she doesn't sell homes?  (I guess under your theory she would only sell homes in her district?  not likely) 

Realtors show homes in many

Realtors show homes in many areas but seem to work an area they know/like best.  For example, say a realtor/committee member works the Lochmere area and then nominates nodes just across the street (outside) the schools/homes area he/she defines as the perimeter of the community he/she serves.  In watching the video proceedings of the recent assignment committee meetings it seemed that the BOE votes/approves or disapproves  the nodes to be reassigned that get suggested by the parent rep or board member.  The opportunity to protect property values in one area vs. another would be a possibility if the committee member is a realtor vs. a cop/welder/any other profession.  I'm sure we all want to avoid having schools labeled to their detriment.   I don't view Margiotta's service to the private school any differently than a retired General serving on the board of directors of Northrup or Boeing.  The director brings expertise from their years of service in their previous capacity BUT their actions are somewhat monitored by corporate lawyers and shareholders so that improper business decisions are not made.   I'm sure Ron M. will be able to navigate the dual-capacity roles.      

Excerpts from her page on

Excerpts from her page on the Re/Max web site:

"Anne is the agent other agents come to for answers on WCPSS's student
assignment process. She has in-depth of knowledge in this area no other
agent can match
."

"Are good schools important to you? They are to me, too. My volunteer
positions supporting our schools, past and present include: School PTA
President for three years, school VP and committee chair for ten years,
county level PTA VP and committee chair for five years, Student
Assignment/Parent Committee member for five years, and school advocate
for my 2 children, every year! I can help you understand school choice
and student assignment with the Wake County Public School System, and
how the decision impacts your family. There are many magnet themes and
scheduling options driven by where you choose to live. My knowledge and
expertise will help you make the right choice for your entire family."

Underlining done by me.

Perhaps not a conflict of interest, but she sure seems to be cashing in on whatever access to information she gets from being on that committee.  Leveraging her role in Wake County schools for commercial gain is shameful.  I'm surprised other realtors haven't complained.

Perhaps less of a conflict

Perhaps less of a conflict than BoE Chair serving on Board of a private school. Wink

Is the BoE chair paid to

Is the BoE chair paid to serve in that position?  Does the chair stand to make more money in that position based on his association with WCPSS?

I agree that having a

I agree that having a realtor serve on a committee like this is problematic.  I'm not saying that Sherron had dishonest intentions--I have no reason to believe so.  But I agree that it does seem like a conflict of interest.

I find it even more troubling that the past Student Assignment Committee was not transparent.  It wasn't until within the last 2 years that I even knew of its existence and that was due to this blog.  

I'm not saying that Sherron

I'm not saying that Sherron had dishonest intentions--I
have no reason to believe so.  But I agree that it does seem like a
conflict of interest.

Not much different from

Not much different from someone serving on a Planning & Zoning board, while concurrently offering consulting services to developers.  While being on that board does not necessarily give a person the ability to manipulate zoning decisions, members are strictly forbidden from using their volunteer service to in any way promote themselves or their business.

In other words, if you are volunteering for all the right reasons, then you should feel no need to advertise your service.

It concerns me to have

It concerns me to have someone who determines/recommends school populations and changes to nodes that benefits financially from home sales

Then you are going to love Barbara Walsh on the committee whose first act was to try to sneak her node by in the last meeting to get her home moved to better schools.

I have noticed that many of

I have noticed that many of the national raters are warning people about the new board.

 

....http://www.greatschools.org/find-a-school/moving/slideshows/top-public-schools-med-cities.gs?content=2272&page=3

 

But the future of this stellar district is in doubt. An election last fall changed the makeup of the school board, and the new board recently voted to end the diversity policy.

Field Guide to Schools And The Home Buying Decision

http://www.realtor.org/library/library/fg307

Of all the local neighborhood amenities that can influence a buyer's decision to purchase a home, proximity to good quality schools is one of the most influential. According to the 2008 National Association of REALTORS® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 27% of home buyers listed school quality and 21% listed proximity to schools as deciding factors in their home purchase

The influence schools have

The influence schools have on property values is an indication of the amount of disparity in the system. Schools are just government buildings with government employees (teachers) using government issued book and following a government issued curricula. Ultimately, government schools should be like McDonald and you are indifferent between them. If a similar house can have a 30-50% delta in cost due to the school alone, something is wrong with the distribution of resources (teachers, principals, programs).

have you checked out any

have you checked out any houses ITB lately?  say - walking distance to magnet schools?  

Why would you want to do

Why would you want to do that when you can live within walking distance to Davis Drive / Green Hope less cost, lowe crime and better schools.   ITB cost are not dependent solely on schools like the OTB.  ITB is convenience to work for people in government and attractive to singles and dinks.

First, I would argue that

First, I would argue that Davis Drive or Green Hope aren't 'better' than the ITB magnets. 

Second, OTB costs aren't solely dependent on schools.  Western Wake is convenient for people who work in RTP.  That's a bigger part of why so many people live there.

Jenman ... ITB schools are

Jenman ... ITB schools are not worth a 30% premium on housing.  DD and GHHS are schools of excellence with few minorities, etc. and surround by much more affordable housing.   But the fact that people can not enjoy even more affordable housing in Garner because of Garner schools is the sad part.  At this point I think ITB folks are out of luck and the OTB folks are going to pull the rug out from under them which should cause enough concern that housing prices ITB will become more affordable. 

DD and GHHS are schools of

DD and GHHS are schools of excellence with few minorities, etc.

"For me it's not about

"For me it's not about pulling the rug out from under anybody.  It's
about stopping the inequitable distribution of resources.  'about
stopping the practice of giving some people extras as an incentive to
stay in their neighborhood schools while denying other schools those
same opportunities."

So, if the result of all this is "opportunities" and "resources" spread equally throughout the county, you're OK?

Even if that ends up meaning that a bunch of schools become high poverty (not Wake County high poverty, but real, live high poverty), low performing schools that people who can afford other options leave?

duplicate - sorry again

duplicate - sorry again, I keep posting under "new comment" instead of "reply"

duplicate - sorry

duplicate - sorry

What can we do to alleviate this?

My sister and brother-in-law work for SAS and Cisco. They both know of multiple people who've been transferred here in the last 6 months and deliberately decided not to live in Wake County because of the mess with the schools. The current board can't take all the blame/credit for that, but it certainly is worrying.

If they do create neighborhood schools with 100% F&R lunch, and move magnets to areas outside of the inner city, we may very well end up with a situation that no one wants.

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