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Although large population growth tests Wake County's ability to provide adequate services, the county commissioners cut the property tax rate 17 percent in 1994, and in 1996, cut the school construction budget which was already approved by 40 percent of the voters. K-5 schools are now overcrowded; many students attend classes in mobile units, and parents are upset.
Derek Jennings discusses his first reading of William Henry Singleton's Recollections of My Slavery Days and the relevance the book has for today's generation.
Derek Jennings discusses the reasons for why he and his wife decided to homeschool their three youngest children. Jennings decided that homeschooling was a better option to meet each of his children’s individual needs than their current situation in Wake County Schools. The apprehension and curiosity that came with the decision were well rewarded as all three of his children are doing better emotionally and educationally in the homeschool environment than they were in public schools. Many families in Wake County are choosing this option with the school population explosion.