The question seems to be how much change is coming to the magnet program and how soon.
As noted in today's article by Thomas Goldsmith, the new board majority says it will keep the magnet program but will likely make changes as part of a review. One potential change would be the easing of rules that now say that only magnet schools can offer certain courses and electives.
Changes that, for instance, would let schools in western Wake or North Raleigh offer more magnet-like programs would be welcomed by some parents.
"We don't want the whipped cream — give us the crumbs," said school board member Ron Margiotta.
Some parents have argued over the years that they live too far away to easily reach the magnet schools. They say they shouldn't be penalized by not getting the things magnet schools offer.
That's the kind of argument that initially led in 1982 to the creation of "equity" magnet schools in outlying parts of the county. These were all base schools with no application students.
But over time Wake either eliminated the equity magnets, such as at Apex and Wake Forest elementary schools, or made them application magnets, such as at Wendell and Zebulon elementary schools.
But school board member Keith Sutton brings up the concern frequently voiced by those who are against allowing non-magnets to get more of the specialized courses.
"The magnet program was created to put specific programs in these schools," Sutton said of the schools in his Southeast Raleigh district. "If they put the same magnet program out in Cary or Apex, there's no incentive to come here."
Similar concerns were raised right after the election by the NAACP, the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children and the Wake Voter Coalition.
Meanwhile, magnet parents and students are mobilizing now to minimize any changes to the program. They fear the new board will either take away their specialized programs or water down what they now have.
Dhruv Jain, 14, an Enloe High freshman, has more than 800 members on a Facebook page he created to "keep Enloe as a magnet" and to "keep busing and diversity."
According to Jain's Facebook page, Enloe's Black Student Union Group and Peace Club "will be meeting [today] to start discussing which board meeting to attend, write letters, and start petitions. We will also prepare for debate and learn more about the issue."
Jain is encouraging students to attend the first meeting of the new school board on Dec. 1 wearing something that instantly identifies themselves as Enloe students.