Wake school board to discuss Graduation Project

Staff WriterApril 14, 2009 

We may get resolution, or at least more clarity, today on whether Wake will delay implementation of the Graduation Project,

Staff will discuss at today's school board student achievement committee meeting the impact of the State Board of Education's decision to delay making the Graduation Project a requirement until the Class of 2011.

We could get a staff recommendation on whether Wake should also wait until 2011 or keep it as a requirement for the Class of 2010. It's a big deal for the thousands of high school juniors in Wake.

So far, it's mixed among individual districts.

Durham is delaying the project until 2011.

But Chatham County's school staff is recommending keeping it as a requirement for 2010. In the district's press release, school officials say they want to keep it on track because so many juniors have been working on the project.

You could see similar arguments being raised in Wake.

During a PTA meeting at Green Elementary last week, school board member Beverley Clark said that the state board's decision had "blindsided" Wake. She pointed out that many juniors and teachers have put a lot of hard work into getting the projects ready for 2010.

Today's committee meeting starts at 11:30 a.m in the board conference room, 3600 Wake Forest Road in Raleigh.

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