Wake Ed

Wake County not saying how many students affected by draft reassignment proposal

Wake County school leaders aren‘t going to make it easy to compare the draft 2015-16 student assignment plan with prior proposals in terms of the number of students who are affected.

As noted in today’s article, school officials say the proposal doesn‘t affect many students. But they say they can’t yet provide a specific figure.

During interviews, school leaders were asked why they couldn’t say how many students would be moved.

“It’s also important that we have accurate information so this is a beginning,” school board Chairwoman Christine Kushner responded to the question. “We’re going to be looking at the proposal and making sure that when we present data it’s going to be data that we know is sound and so this is just the first look. We’ll be working on this here on out for the next few months.”

Deputy Superintendent Cathy Moore also dealt with the question.

“Determining the number of students that are impacted by the plan right now is very difficult,” Moore told reporters. “First of all, it is the first draft and it is a proposal. And we know that when we open new schools, we don’t open them to capacity. But we do want to open them with a good number of students so that we’re balancing stability with operational efficiency and the tax dollars that we’re using to build these new schools.

In addition to that, other students that might be affected – moving from existing schools to existing schools due to calendar alignment or feeder patterns – because of the grandfathering rules and the stay where you start provision in (policy) 6200, it’s hard to tell whether or not the number of students who might be impacted will actually be impacted “

In the past, school administrators have said that the number of students reassigned was actually lower than what was projected because of factors such as grandfathering and how they only had estimates for the number of rising kindergarten students.