It looks like magnet schools won't lose much if anything by the time a new equity and equality policy is developed by the school board.
The board is trying to develop a policy that would help provide "equal access to programs and services and equitable distribution of resources." But during Tuesday's work session discussion, board members stressed that they wanted to protect magnet schools in the new policy.
"if we don't have some differences, we undermine why you'd leave Apex to go to Enloe," said school board member Beverley Clark.
Clark said that treating everyone equally doesn't promote equity.
School board member Lori Millberg agreed that magnet schools should continue offering unique programs. She said magnet schools provide equality because all students can apply to attend them.
Asst. Supt. Chuck Dulaney added that Wake's weighted selection process for filling magnet schools promotes equity across the district. He said randomly filling seats would result in disparities at schools.
Click here for last year's magnet selection criteria. In theory, priority goes to applicants from overcrowded schools in affluent areas.
The school board braindstormed things they'd like to see in the new equity/equality policy. Staff will take the ideas and present a draft policy to the board for consideration.
Click here for the handout that Dulaney presented to the board to get the discussion going.