Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata announced today the names of eight of the 10 schools that will get special academic programs for the 2011-12 school year to make them more attractive to parents.
Tata said that Hilburn Drive, York and Aversboro elementary schools, Carroll Middle School and Knightdale High School will receive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs.
Tata announced that Timber Drive, Jeffreys Grove and Stough elementary schools will receive Global Schools programs that will include things such as greater emphasis on teaching foreign languages.
Tata said the deadline to award the final two Global Schools programs has been extended to May 6 to give schools more time to apply. One middle school and one high school program will receive a program.
The programs were proposed by Tata this year as a way to make these schools, several of whom are underenrolled, more attractive for families to attend. He has said that one of his goals is to make all schools attractive as part of a new long-term student assignment plan that’s being developed.
Tata has stressed that these new programs aren’t the same as magnet schools. Parents at several of the schools receiving the new programs had lobbied for receiving magnet programs.
In case I didn't make it clear in my budget post, Tata said today that he has no plans to cut back on the new STEM schools and Global Schools even in the face of deeper than projected state funding cuts.