The WakeEd blog is devoted to discussing and answering questions about the major issues facing the Wake County school system. WakeEd is maintained by The News & Observer's Wake schools reporter, T. Keung Hui.
Mary Williams, a third-grade teacher at Wakefield Elementary in North Raleigh, talks about the school changing from the year-round calendar to the traditional calendar for the 2015-16 school year.
Video by Keung Huiemail@example.com
The Wake County school system’s tuition fee for the 2015-16 school year will be $2,895.93, a 13-percent increase from the $2,564.38 charged this school year. But before you inquire, Wake has historically been leery of accepting students who aren’t from the county.
The Wake County school board has given initial approval to a policy that would require parental consent before students can use technology in school. The new policy would also authorize the superintendent to go after disruptive websites and social media accounts.
Wake County students will be taught to wait until the crossing arms on school buses fully deploy before leaving the bus stop to board. Video by Chris Seward, firstname.lastname@example.org Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/#storylink=cpy
Brianna Hickey, 11, a fifth-grade student at Wilburn Elementary School in Raleigh, explains the new procedure students will use to board Wake County school buses. Video by Keung Hui, email@example.com
WakeUp Wake County says people should celebrate victories this week that include a large boost in Wake County school funding, restoration of the county’s ability to hold a 1/2 cent sales tax referendum for transit and Raleigh providing extra funding to protect water quality.
Wake County school leaders praised commissioners for providing most of the requested $48.3 million increase in local funding. Charlotte-Mecklenburg school leaders said they were very disappointed that commissioners gave less than half of a requested $39.9 million funding increase.
The Wake County school board gave tentative approval Tuesday to naming a new elementary school in east Raleigh as Anderson Point instead of the recommended name of Rogers Lane. The board backed the names recommended for four other new schools.
The Wake County school board’s student achievement committee will discuss Wednesday the district’s K-2 literacy plan, the first year of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) pilot and the second year or the Teacher Leader Corps program.
The Wake County school board announced new principals Tuesday for Wakefield High School; Carroll, Davis Drive East Cary, Martin and West Cary middle schools; and Banks Road and Holly Springs elementary schools.
Wake County school administrators recommended Tuesday switching Highcroft Drive Elementary to the traditional calendar in 2016. But administrators will also recommend leaving Salem Elementary and Salem Middle in Apex on the year-round calendar with the issue being revisited in a year.
The Wake County school board approved a contract Tuesday with a private company that will go door-to-door recruiting high school dropouts to return to class to get their diplomas. The new Wake Acceleration Academy will offer smaller school environments that allow for individualized learning; a mixture of online classes and in-person learning; and flexible school hours.
Wake County school administrators will recommend Tuesday which year-round schools, if any, should be converted to a traditional calendar for the 2016-17 school year. Other agenda items include adoption of an interim budget, hiring a company to create academies to help dropouts get their diplomas and initial adoption of revisions to policies on student use of technology and student transportation.
With the year-round calendar unpopular in some quarters, Wake County school administrators are marketing the new continuous learning calendar as a hybrid of the traditional and year-round calendars. But under state law, Wake can potentially offer this new calendar at 12 high-needs elementary school because it meets the requirements for being a year-round calendar.
The right-leaning Civitas Institute says Wake County schools “need to live within their budgets.” But the left-leaning WakeUP Wake County says people should contact Wake County commissioners to “ask them to support one penny more (on the tax rate) for schools and teachers.”
In a lengthy Facebook post, Wake County Commissioner John Burns explains why he doesn’t back funding all, or nearly all, of the school board’s proposed $48.3 million increase. Burns writes that a $40 million increase is more reasonable and that going higher would reduce the county’s budget flexibility.
Supporters of keeping Salem Middle School and Salem Elementary School in Apex on the year-round calendar will wear blue at Wednesday’s community meeting at the middle school. Supporters of converting both Salem schools to the traditional calendar will wear red at the event.
The Wake County school board’s facilities committee will discuss Wednesday the names proposed for four new elementary schools and a new middle school. The committee will also review designs for a new middle school and the renovation of Lincoln Heights Elementary School.
The Wake County Board of Commissioners will begin a work session at 9 a.m. Monday to review and discuss potential changes to County Manager Jim Hartmann’s proposed $1.1 billion operating budget for the new fiscal year. One of the expected issues is whether to back Hartmann’s proposed $34.6 million increase in school funding or to move closer to the school board’s request for a $48.3 million increase.
The State Board of Education will vote in July on requiring all North Carolina public school bus drivers to use hand signals to indicate when it’s safe for students to cross the bus. State officials say the crossing signal is needed because of all the motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses and injure students.
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