Here are a few odds and ends from Monday's CEM meeting on growth projections, the cost of reassignment and Wake's academic status.
A parent asked Asst. Supt. Chuck Dulaney if the current economic conditions have been factored into the growth projections used in the draft reassignment plan. Dulaney said no but that the municipalities may be updating the housing projections they provided the school system two years ago.
Another parent asked if the school district has done a formal cost benefit analysis of the reassignment proposal. Dulaney said no.
One speaker, Steve Elliston, got some of the loudest cheers of the evening.
Elliston started by criticizing Policy 6200, which lays out Wake's goals for student assignment. He said the way that Wake tries to achieve diversity isn't working.
Elliston called Wake's drop in performance on state exams the past four years, including the widening of the achievement gap, a "tragic failure."
(Wake, like the rest of the state, has seen a decline over the past four years when the math and reading end-of-grade exams changed.)
Elliston said it's "arrogance" for people to keep saying that Wake has one of the best school systems in the nation.
He then drew laughs and cheers with this statement:
"If this were an FDA-sanctioned drug study, this would have been terminated four years ago."