WakeUP Wake County says the Wake County school system's future "brightens" now that the school board is changing the student assignment plan.
In an email update today, WakeUP Wake says the group is "excited that Wake County will significantly revise the current 'choice' plan, that has already proven to decrease economic diversity in elementary schools."
WakeUP Wake also "thanks" the members of the Great Schools in Wake Coalition "for their persistence over the past two years." Great Schools is a project of WakeUP Wake, an officially non-partisan progressive group.
Here's the section of their email message about the school board majority passing the student assignment directive:
School Board Passes Directive — Wake County Schools' Future Brightens!
Last week, the Wake County school board directed staff to begin developing a new student assignment plan for the 2013-2014 school year.
We are excited that Wake County will significantly revise the current "choice" plan, that has already proven to decrease economic diversity in elementary schools. Many thanks to the members of Great Schools in Wake for their persistence over the past two years. Their dedication has been an overwhelming asset in making sure Wake County Schools are run with integrity and for the success of students.
Under this directive, staff will take lessons learned from previous assignment plans and the current choice plan and use those lessons to develop an effective and sustainable method for assigning students to the appropriate school. The new plan is supposed to place high priority on student achievement, stability, and proximity.