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.
Authors of a new book on Wake County school assignment politics surveyed 1,700 adults for their views on assignment, diversity and neighborhood schools. The survey revealed details such as how affluent African-American residents in Wake County favored diversity more than lower-income African-American residents.
Wake County school leaders and school supporters are trying to portray the state as the bad guy for putting the district in the situation where it may ask for a $48.3 million local funding increase. During Tuesday’s school board work session and budget public hearing, the General Assembly was repeatedly accused of not providing enough funding to help North Carolina’s largest school district meet its needs.
The Wake County school board appointed Gary Duvall on Tuesday to be the new principal of Conn Elementary School in Raleigh, starting June 1. Duvall, who has been assistant principal of Hunter Elementary School in Raleigh since 2014, will receive a salary of $78,270.
The Wake County school board will review Superintendent Jim Merrill’s $1.4 billion operating budget proposal on Tuesday and holding a public hearing on the plan. The board will also vote on school bell schedules for the 2015-16 school year.
Wake County’s magnet schools will be in the spotlight during the upcoming Magnet Schools of America’s National Conference in Raleigh. The title of the conference is “Legacy of Leading in Diversity, Equity, and Choice” to trumpet the role that magnet schools have played in Wake County since 1982.
“The End of Consensus: Diversity, Neighborhoods, and the Politics of Public School Assignments” by N.C. State professors Toby Parcel and Andrew J. Taylor looks at the ways diversity and neighborhood schools have influenced school assignment policies in Wake County, particularly during 2000-2012. The authors say some pieces of conventional wisdom about Wake’s diversity efforts are wrong.
The Wake County school board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a change in Superintendent Jim Merrill’s contract that would allow him to get annual pay increases of up to 5 percent. Under the contract amendment, Merrill would be eligible for additional compensation, split between a bonus and a pay raise, based on his annual review.
WakeEd, formerly the Wake Education Partnership, is looking for volunteers to read applications submitted by Wake County teachers for Teacher Innovation Grants. The group also wants volunteers to help set up the WAKE Up and Read book fair and distributions.
The Wake County school board’s facilities committee will review Wednesday the steps for developing the next school construction program. Wake is trying to keep pace with enrollment projections that have 3,000 new students enrolling annually.
Through April 27, the Wake County school system is asking parents of students with disabilities who have an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) to take an anonymous, online survey. The survey is designed to find out how well special-education services are being provided to students.
Wake County Superintendent Jim Merrill will present to the school board Tuesday an operating budget proposal of more than $1.3 billion for the 2015-16 fiscal year. One of the questions is how much Merrill will propose asking from the Wake County Board of Commissioners, whose all-Democratic majority charged the former Republican majority underfunded the school system.
The North Carolina PTA Council named Wake County Superintendent Jim Merrill as the group’s 2014-15 Administrator of the Year. Awards were also given to the student services team at Centennial Campus Middle School, the Wake County PTA Council and to several individual school PTA units.
House Bill 468 directs the State Board of Education to pick a charter school that opened in Wake County in the 2014-15 school year – where at least 80 percent of students have disabilities – for a special education charter school pilot program. Dynamic Community Charter in Raleigh is the only school that would be able to fit the bill’s requirements, which would give it an additional $2,000 per child.
Wake County’s first STUNT matches – which combine gymnastics and cheerleading – will be held Thursday afternoon. Wake agreed to begin offering STUNT as a way to satisfy a federal Title IX discrimination complaint charging that Wake County didn’t provide enough opportunities for female student-athletes.
The Wake County school board’s policy committee will discuss Tuesday a proposed policy governing the use of live animals in classrooms. The policy includes things such as how these animals must be housebroken and how parents must be notified so their children can opt out of being around the animals.
Wake County school board member Jim Martin says “there is not a school-to-prison pipeline” but a “poverty-to-prison pipeline.” The Education Justice Alliance disagrees, telling Martin that school board members must “acknowledge” the role school policies play in helping send students to prison.
Wake County school board member Keith Sutton has been elected to the steering committee of the National School Boards Association’s Council of Urban Boards of Education CUBE says it “supports urban school boards and fosters effective leadership for excellence and equity in public education, with a specific focus on underrepresented students.”
The high number of teacher absences on this week’s three spring-break makeup days has resulted in a large need for substitute teachers in Wake County. Several school administrators are helping out by serving as substitute teachers.
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