The Great Schools in Wake Coalition is calling for the Wake County school board to delay implementation of the new student assignment plan for a year to address what it calls unanswered questions about the plan.
In a press release and position paper released today, GSIW objects to “the rapid and reckless implementation” of the assignment plan. The group cites issues such as cost, lack of choice, elimination of base assignments, impact on newcomers, unfairness to magnet schools applicants from low-performing nodes and impact on school balance.
“The public has been offered what is essentially a glorified PR and marketing plan,” said Yevonne Brannon, chairwoman of Great Schools in Wake, in a statement. “Parents remain thoroughly confused; many are lulled by the prospect of grandfathering and keeping their current school assignment and are unaware of the significant costs and considerable upheaval that awaits our community.”
Among the 10 points in GSIW's position paper is last fall's school board elections. The group says "voters rejected the previous board 5-0 this fall."
"The fall election was a referendum on the policies and practices of the last two years,” according to Great Schools. “The current version of the plan reflects and embodies those failed policies. Citizens recognized that the plans afoot were costly and poorly conceived which is why those who supported this plan in the election were defeated.”
(Normally I'd go into more detail on the other nine points but I'm juggling various items today so you guys can read and comment about them yourselves.)