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Re: “What does the Wake school board majority "intend"? As Michael Alves says, we'll know very soon

I appreciate your column in The Independent of July 28 regarding Wake County school assignments. I appreciate that Michael Alves thoughts and experiences appear to have calmed both sides of the debate. At least for the moment.
But he and you have missed the essence of the problem. The question should not be whether to use incomes, race, addresses, favorite ACC teams, political parties or any other attributes to make assignments. The question should be: Why is the school system making assignments in the first place? They are not good at it. They struggle with their only responsibility which is to educate our children and should not, therefore, be wasting time and other resources on debates over how best to do something that is none of their business. It’s to the school system’s advantage to make assignments to the disadvantage of everyone else.
I thought you were coming to this in the last paragraphs of your column, but you shied away. Alves says that Wake County is too big for parents to choose from the schools within the entire system – without any substantiation. Let parents choose. Then let the board and superintendent earn their salaries by managing the resources available.
If I were King of the Forest (or superintendent of WCPSS) I would:
a) Require parents to select a school for the coming year by May 01.
b) Commit to providing transportation to school of choice for each child requiring it.
c) Accept responsibility for short term spike in the cost of a) and b) and my success will be measured in part by getting those costs down as quickly as possible
d) Manage the resources of WCPSS so that each child/parent/family is satisfied with student’s progress and performance and choice of school.

Posted by WFHardiman on 07/28/2010 at 9:01 PM

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