There are more uncertainties than certainties right now in what direction student assignment will take in Wake County.
As noted in today's article, one of the few certainties is that the resolution passed on Tuesday means any widespread changes are likely on hold until the 2012-13 school year at the earliest. Aside from whatever changes are made next year, the plan adopted by the old board will stay in effect for the 2011-12 school year.
The elimination of the zone plan means there's not much detail on what will happen next.
School board vice chairwoman Debra Goldman said she remains committed to bringing a community schools model to Wake to replace the system that used diversity as a key factor in student assignment. But she provided few specifics Wednesday about what the new plan would look like, saying that more feedback is needed from the public and all nine board members before a plan is developed.
“If there is a whole new plan to be created, there needs to be more key facts and input from stakeholders,” she said.
For instance, Goldman said they need more feedback about how to handle the thousands of Southeast Raleigh students who are now bused outside their communities for diversity. Poverty levels could rise sharply and the number of seats at magnet schools for suburban studetns would be sharply cut back if the Southeast Raleigh children are brought back.
“These are the kinds of issues where you want to get everybody involved,” Goldman said.
Some of the Democratic board members whom Goldman allied with on the resolution Tuesday night say the answer is to supply broad principles to staff and let them offer up specific plans to the board.
“I am hoping my colleagues remember their School Board 101, that school board makes decisions on ‘what,’ and the superintendent and the staff is supposed to take care of the how,” said board member Kevin Hill. “I feel the community is worried about proximity and stability and these are the issues we need to look at.”
Board member Carolyn Morrison and Anne Sherron, her community rep on the student assignment committee, met Wednesday with Laura Evans, senior director of growth management.
It's not certain yet whether the student assignment committee will still meet Tuesday.