The Wake County school board has put on hold the public hearings on the student assignment plan.
The decision was made tonight after a heated debate over whether to release the assignment maps and online address lookup of base assignments before the first hearing on Monday. Republican board members said the info should be released ahead of time while Democratic board members said doing so wouldn't help because comments would focus on individual assignments and not on the plan as a whole.
Democratic members said that they want to release the maps to parents to get input on that too, but not right now. The hearings will be rescheduled.
Board members from both sides did agree that a proposed Oct. 30 vote on the plan was too soon.
Board members said it would be rushing to hold the hearings next week when there's not enough detail on the plan.
In addition, don't look for the online address lookup feature to be up Friday.
One of the issues raised by Jonathan Blumberg, acting as board attorney tonight, is that the board needs to make the changes to the various policies before the new plan can be adopted. The board would need to make changes in the student assignment policy and the transfer policy.
Depending on how quickly they want to act, the next policy commitee meeting is on Tuesday, Sept. 25.