Education: Weigh In On School Assignment

Coverage by Lindsey Chester, winner of a 2011 Knight Digital Media Center Fellowship. Photograph of Cary Elementary by Hal Goodtree. Photo of Superintendent Tata courtesy of WCPSS.

Cary, NC – Members of the community are invited to share their opinions with the Wake County Public School System Student Assignment Task Force. You can read the school assignment plans online or go to one of two public information sessions in Cary.

Weigh In On WCPSS School Assignment

For all the brouhaha in the newspaper (you know who) about WCPSS, there’s been a lot to like when it comes to Education during the past school year. Now citizens can add their opinion to the discussion about school assignment in Wake County.

Superintendent Tony Tata presented the two draft proposals – known as the Blue Plan and the Green Plan – on May 23 following more than two months of research and analysis by the Student Assignment Task Force. Members of the community can view the two proposals online at and share their comments on the two draft plans.

“We have been receiving a lot of great feedback online ever since the draft proposals were released, but we are aware that not everyone has easy access to a computer,” Tata said. “We want to ensure that every member of our community is able to review these proposals and share their opinions, so we are taking this extra step and going out into the community. Members of my Task Force will present the details of the two proposed plans during these meetings and gather written feedback from those in attendance.”

The community information meetings in Cary begin at 6 pm:

  • Wednesday, June 1 at Panther Creek High School
  • Thursday, June 2 at Cary High

Additional public information events are scheduled across the county.

Comments on the two proposals will be accepted through June 12. Tata and members of the Student Assignment Task Force will review all the comments and suggestions and make any necessary adjustments to the proposals before taking a final recommendation to the Wake County Board of Education in mid-June.

“We want to make sure every member of our community has a voice in this process as we move forward,” Tata said. “These two proposals for student assignment can be the foundation of a long-range strategy, but they are not finished products by any means.

We need feedback from all segments of our community to ensure that we finalize a plan that will best reach our mission of significantly increasing achievement for all students by providing them a world-class education.”