The Wake County school board's policy committee signed off today on a revised policy that makes community-based schools and proximity a prime factor in student assignment.
The committee split today on failed efforts by minority members to amend the policy to say that balancing low-income students and low-perfoming students should also be factors in student assignment. They didn't take the compromise offered by board majority members.
The fight revolved around wording in the policy that said one of the factors that student assignment assignment plans will be based on is students with higher needs.
Board vice chairwoman Debra Goldman had initially included wording in that section saying that assignments will accommodate students with higher needs as identified as Limited English Proficient or requiring services from Special Education programs.
But board member Anne McLaurin wanted the list to include students performing below grade level.
Board member Keith Sutton, who isn't on the policy committee, wanted low-income students included among the groups listed.
Instead, majority members agreed to amend the policy by adding the words "including those." It now reads "assignments will accommodate students with higher needs including those as identified as Limited English Proficient or requiring services from Special Education programs."
Majority members said they were leaving the wording open so that other groups could be included without listing by name.
The full board could vote on the policy Tuesday. It would likely require two votes because minority members are unlikely to agree to waiving a second reading.