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The new majority on the Wake County School Board is pushing for neighborhood schools and the abolition of the diversity policy. Geary discusses how this would affect magnet schools and the system's racial balance. Maps illustrating diversity zoning and zoning for neighborhood schools are included. School board member John Tedesco presents his plan for school assignments.
Since a new school board controls the Wake County Schools, changes are being considered in how students are assigned to schools. The old plan fostered diversity in the schools. Recently the new Wake County Choice plan was unveiled. Geary evaluates the school reassignment plan.
Geary provides an analysis of the Wake County school board race, specifically detailing Districts 6, 3, and 8, providing information of candidates, and opinions on how Democrats should face the upcoming elections.
When the Democratic majority regained control of Wake County's school board in 2011, diversity in schools advocate believed they could rest easy--they were wrong. The Wake County Board of Commissioners have devised a plan to relieve the school board of some of its powers that include issues of funding, building new schools, and assigning students.
Republicans gerrymandered school-board districts to gain an upper hand in the General Assembly and cut public school budgets, effectively undermining public school education in Wake County.
Wake County School Board members are spending more time worrying about eliminating diversity than working on the budget. The new budget will eliminate forty jobs and will not request more funding despite opening four new schools and an increase in enrollment. Spending per student has decreased and will continue to decrease over the next two years. Some believe that the board is trying to make up for the decreases by creating low-income schools and relying on social programs to help fund them.