Wake CARES is praising the latest revisions in Wake County's student assignment policy, which makes proximity a priority while eliminating references to trying to balance poverty levels at schools.
In a press release today, Wake CARES commends the school board's policy committee for having passed an amended student assignment policy on Wednesday. The group says the amended policy provides families more stability and "opens the door for parents to have a more instrumental voice in their child’s school assignment."
“Every parent should have an equal opportunity to have a say in their child’s school assignment regardless of their income level or where they live” said Allison Backhouse, a leader of Wake CARES, in the press release. “This policy revision, which brings all parents into the decision-making process of assignment, will better serve children and families.”
The revised student assignment policy is setting the grounds for a contentious debate and vote by the full board on Tuesday.
As noted in today's article by Ray Martin, school board minority members aren't happy that the revised policy doesn't specifically mention low-income students or students performing below grade level. They're arguing the policy needs to specifically include those groups so that student assignment plans will be based in part on balancing them at schools.
"Schools with too many challenged students will have too many challenges," said school board member Anne McLaurin, who voted against the change on Wednesday. "What you don't want is a whole school of underachieving students. Teachers won't stay. And it's pretty expensive to keep teachers in those schools."