How significant is it that the overwhelming majority of people who've participated in the test drive of Wake County's blue plan seem to think that proximity is important?
As of Monday morning, 88 percent of the participants answered that having their child attend school as close to home as possible was somewhat or very important. It's one of several questions people can answer, in addition to making simulated choices, before the test drive ends at midnight tonight.
School board vice chairman John Tedesco said the responses indicate that parents back the changes in the student assignment policy.
Other preliminary survey responses include:
* 73 percent said it would not change their rankings if they only had express transportation for their top choices. James Overman, head of the student assignment task force, told board members on Tuesday that figure was "encouraging information."
* 91 percent said having multiple school choices is somewhat or very important
* 89 percent said a guaranteed K-12 feeder pattern is somewhat or very important
As of Tuesday morning, there were 18,065 total participants from 11,595 unique addresses/families. School officials said they expected to reach their target of 12,000 families participating.
Also as of Tuesday, Wake had gotten responses from 1,175 out of 1,329 nodes. But since 23 nodes have no children, Overman said that meant only 131 nodes hadn't participated.