Wake County school board member John Tedesco isn't making drastic changes to the agenda for today's student assignment committee meeting.
Tedesco. the committee chairman, said he decided not to add any new topics to the agenda following last week's vote scrapping work on the zone-based plan. Tedesco, who set the agenda before last week's vote, said they'll discuss school funding and program choice today.
Tedesco said the one thing he did change was drop agenda topics relating to the zone plan the committee has been working on for the past several months.
Tedesco said they would have discussed today the idea of removing the magnet schools from the proposed Central Region while moving non-magnets such as Athens Drive High to a different region. He said they would have talked about making the downtown/Southeast Raleigh magnet schools as countywide magnet schools separate from any zone or region.
Tedesco said they would have also discussed the idea of reserving seats at the magnet schools for Southeast Raleigh families who live around them and want to attend school there. In addition, Tedesco said they would have discussed setting aside seats in schools outside the zone for Southeast Raleigh students to have priority to attend.
Tedesco said just drawing up base areas around schools, particularly in Southeast Raleigh, will create 25 high poverty schools. He said that wouldn't occur in his zone model.
School board vice chairwoman Debra Goldman, who backed last week's resolution, has said that they need more community input about what to do with the thousands of Southeast Raleigh students who are now bused out for diversity and to free up seats for magnet applicants.
Tedesco said that not giving Southeast Raleigh students a chance to attend neighborhood magnet schools would mean saying that community schools are only for people who live in places such as Cary.
Focusing on what will be discussed today, Tedesco said staff will present information showing funding per school. Tedesco said the data will show wide disparities and how some low-income students who are bused for diversity are being sent to schools with fewer resources.
Tedesco said the school funding issue is still just as relevant moving forward even if the zone plan isn't used. He noted how the resolution passed last week talks about equity.
The meeting is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3600 Wake Forest Road in Raleigh. Tedesco had planned to meet in the main board room and not the conference room because he wanted to have the committee break up into small groups to discuss the magnet zone idea. it's uncertain now whether he'll have it moved back to the conference room.