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.

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Wake County to discuss school operating and capital budgets

On Tuesday, the Wake County school board will adopt its 2015-16 operating budget proposal, including whether to ask for more than the $48.3 million increase in local funding proposed by Superintendent Jim Merrill. The board will also hear whether rising construction costs could result in delays to some projects funded from the bond referendum approved by voters in 2013.

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Historical look at Wake County’s magnet school applications

For the 2015-16 school year, Wake County placed 49.3 percent of the 5,531 applicants into magnet schools and 41.7 percent of the 1,006 people who requested the application schools such as the early colleges. Wake also placed 55.9 percent of the 2,204 applications to year-round schools at 47.5 percent of the 1,522 traditional-calendar applicants.

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Four new Wake County charter schools recommended for 2016

The N.C. Charter Schools Advisory Board has recommended giving preliminary approval to 17 schools statewide to open in 2016, including four in Wake County – Cardinal Charter Academy of Knightdale, Central Wake Charter High School, Peak Charter Academy and Pine Springs Preparatory Academy.

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Lawmakers nix requests for Wake County school flexibility

The crossover deadline passed in the General Assembly with the Wake County school system striking out on its requests for legislation giving it flexibility on setting it own school calendar and operating its own charter schools. No bill was filed on giving Wake flexibility to operate charter schools. House Bill 206, which would have exempted Wake from the state’s school calendar law, died in committee.

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Wake County reviews policies on curriculum, school board

The Wake County school board’s policy committee will review Wednesday policies on curriculum management and development and the duties of board members. As part of Wake’s movement to follow the N.C. School Boards Association’s policy manual, the district’s policies are being modified to make them compatible.


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