Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata is trying to reassure magnet school supporters worried about how the program will be affected by the new long-term student assignment plan.
As noted in today's article, Tata was effusive in his praise of the magnet program during a meeting Thursday with N&O editors and reporters He said that he recognized the importance of keeping a strong magnet school program in the new assignment models being presented Monday.
“A $13 million investment is fairly cheap for what we’ve gotten out of it and what we’ve prevented,” Tata said.
Tata said that the magnet programs roughly south of U.S. 70, basically those inside the Beltline, have helped keep those schools diverse and kept the areas from deteriorating.
Tata said the programs roughly north of U.S. 70, basically those in North Raleigh, have helped allow those schools to compete with charter schools and private schools.
He said the third set of magnet schools, such as Farmington Woods Elementary and those in Zebulon, have served academic and/or growth purposes.
To keep the magnet program viable, Tata said there will still be a need to displace some students who live near the magnet schools to free up slots for applicants.
But the devil will be in the details when the plan comes out Monday. Tata was reluctant to provide specific details ahead of time on just how the magnet schools would be impacted by either the green or blue plans.
(I've got another post coming up this morning but I'm taking today off because I'm working tomorrow. I'm going to try take a blog breather today.)