The Wake County school board’s student achievement committee will discuss Wednesday the start of a bring your own electronic device program in 13 schools and plans to add six career academies at high schools.
After months of study, the plan is now to allow students at 13 schools – nearly all of whom have relatively small low-income populations – to test the use of BYOD. Beginning in most of those schools in January, students will be allowed to bring in their own devices such as tablets, laptops and smart phones for use in class.
BYOD programs have been used by districts around the country to supplement the limited number of computers that schools own. But BYOD has also raised equity issues because of the challenge of low-income students being able to bring their own devices.
Also on the agenda, staff will discuss the plan to add three CTE academies this school year and three more in the 2015-16 school year. This school year, Knightdale High School would start a public safety academy, Millbrook High School would start a digital media academy and Southeast Raleigh High School would begin an information technology academy.
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Next school year, Garner High School would get a fire safety academy, Wakefield High School would have a digital marketing academy and Apex Friendship High School would begin a to-be-determined academy.
Currently, there are 14 career academies around the county.
The other agenda item is a discussion and audit of Wake’s Title I programs.