Wake Ed

Wake County to get new student assignment proposal

The Wake County school board will deal Tuesday with the first draft of the new student assignment proposal and the impact of the state budget impasse on the district’s plans for the new school year.

During the work session, staff will present the first of multiple versions of the 2016-17 school enrollment proposal that will be reviewed over the next several months. The board has asked for a plan that mostly deals with filling five new schools opening next year instead of with the growing number of high-poverty and racially isolated schools in Wake.

During the regular meeting, Chief Business Officer David Neter will brief the board on the impact of the General Assembly’s inability to agree on a new final state budget. With the state operating under a temporary spending plan through Aug. 31 and traditional-calendar schools opening Monday, actions may be taken such as suspending Wake’s driver education program.

Jordan Driving School’s announcement on Friday – since taken down – that Wake was suspending the program was declared premature by the school system. But it may have only briefly delayed Wake from implementing a step that at least a third of North Carolina’s school systems have taken to freeze their programs until they know if the state will provide funding.

While the House would continue to fund driver’s ed, the Senate would not.

Other topics today include:

▪ Staff presenting during the work session draft 2016-17 calendars for traditional calendar, modified calendar and year-round schools. The question the board faces is whether to adopt a 180-day calendar or pick one with fewer school days to add more teacher workdays for staff development.

▪ Discussion during the work session and a vote during the regular meeting to hire Equal Opportunity Schools to work with seven high schools to increase the number of low-income and minority students taking Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes

▪ Voting on a funding agreement to keep the Athens Drive Community Library inside Athens Drive High School open to the public. The Wake County Board of Commissioners approved its side of the deal Monday.

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