With two days to go before the end of round 2, we've got two new development today in the Wake County student assignment story.
Wake announced that Jeffreys Grove Elementary will get a Spanish immersion program. Lincoln Heights Elementary, Weatherstone Elementary, East Cary Middle, and North Garner Middle will get STEM programs and Forestville Road Elementary will join the Global Schools Collaborative Network.
Also today, the Great Schools in Wake Coalition announced the start of its "Let's Find A Better Way" campaign. GSIW is calling for the development of a new student assignment plan which would essentially take the old node-based plan and address some of the more common complaints.
Some of the recommendations from Great Schools include:
* Return to base assignments.
* Guarantee that once a student starts at a school the child can stay there.
* Expand the number of magnet schools.
* Eliminate feeder patterns.
* Use Census data to redraw node lines.
Moving back to the announcement of the six schools getting new programs, it ties into how Wake has to make underchosen schools more attractive. It's not a surprise that the announcement is being made now and that the release tells families they can apply before Round 2 ends Thursday.