Wake County Schools

Education
7:08 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Wake Schools Working On Plans To Reassign Students

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Wake County officials are drafting new plans to reassign some students next school year.

School reassignment has been one of the most contentious topics in the Wake County school system. Officials didn't make any assignment changes last year for the current school year because only one new school opened up.

But 17 new schools are slated to open in the next few years to keep pace with the fast-growing county.

“Twenty-two babies are born every day in Wake County hospitals,” said school board member Christine Kushner. “That’s a kindergarten class born every day.”

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Education
6:50 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Wake Schools Want To Monitor Police-Student Interactions

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The Wake County Public School System has proposed a new agreement with local law enforcement regarding the use of police inside the schools.

School Resource Officers are local law enforcement patrolling the county's 26 high schools and 33 middle schools, one to each school.

The school board discussed publicly for the first time Tuesday night a new "Memorandum of Understanding" -- or MOU -- that would require specialized training for officers who will work with public school children. The agreement also requires more rigorous reporting of SOR-student interactions.

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Education
9:35 am
Fri April 18, 2014

'Alarming' Number Of Teachers Resigning In Wake County

Married couple Tracy and Britt Morton, both teachers at Apex High School, explain why they are leaving their current teaching positions. They spoke at a Wake County School press conference Thursday.
Credit Reema Khrais

 An alarming number of Wake County teachers have resigned midway through this school year,  according to school officials. More than 600 teachers have left their jobs since July 2013, an increase of 41 percent from last year. Many critics say the current legislative policies and flat pay scale are discouraging teachers from staying the classroom. Listen to the full report below: 

    

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Education
11:04 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Will There Be More Pre-K Slots In Wake County Soon?

Wake County schools currently serve more than 2,000 preschool children.
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Wake County school officials say they hope to expand pre-kindergarten services by adding more than 200 slots for next school year. 

Superintendent Jim Merrill is asking the Board of Commissioners for $39 million in local funding, with about $1.5 million directed toward hiring more teachers, assistant teachers and special education experts. 

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Education
10:57 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Wake County Schools Accused Of ‘Racist,’ ‘Unfair’ Policing Practices in Complaint

The state's NAACP along with other civil rights groups held a press conference Thursday afternoon outside East Wake High School.
Credit Reema Khrais

A group of parents, students and civil rights organizations filed a federal lawsuit against the Wake County School system and local police departments, alleging that the school system’s policing practices “violate the constitutional rights of students.”

The complaint claims that the police officers who work in Wake County schools unlawfully punish students and criminalize exceedingly minor misbehaviors such as “throwing water balloons, stealing paper from a recycling bin and play-fighting with a friend.” 

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Education
5:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

How Rebuilding The Raleigh Beltline Could Change Start Times At Wake County Schools

The rebuilding of the Raleigh Beltline will hit some Wake County schools hard as more than 200 buses have routes that will be affected by the construction.
Credit Dave DeWitt

The reconstruction of the Raleigh Beltline is likely to have a huge impact on the Wake County School system.  About 20 percent of schools may be forced to change their start times and bus routes next year.

Though construction is not expected to reach its peak until late 2014, Wake County school administrators and board members are already considering what changes they may need to make.

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Education
6:37 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Wake Commissioners, Board Of Education Wrestle Over School Construction

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The chair of the Wake County school board says the board will consider county commissioners' request for more authority over school construction.

For at least the past 11 years, Wake County commissioners have tried to gain control in the design and maintenance of schools. Just this week they passed a proposal - asking the school board if they can at least share the responsibility.

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Education
4:47 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Vote Likely To Be Close On Wake School Bond

Opponents have launched an aggressive effort to defeat the Wake School Bond.
Credit Dave DeWitt

The Marching Trojans from Garner Magnet High School aren’t marching this morning – they are sitting, and practicing, in the band room. Their bags and instrument cases are stacked in every corner of the tiny space, on pockmarked floors and against cracked walls.

After band class, many will make their way across a grass-less, uncovered field to the temporary, modular cafeteria. Or as they call it here, the “Trailer-teria.”

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Education
4:10 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Wake Stem HS Opens New Building

Officials will cut the ribbon on the new building for the Wake NC State University STEM Early College High School Friday morning.
Credit WCPSS

A unique high school with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math will officially open its new building today. The Wake N.C. State STEM Early College High School is designed to serve students who would be the first in their families to go to college. 

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The State of Things
10:47 am
Tue September 3, 2013

John Tedesco Departs Wake School Board

Credit Wake County Public Schools

The past few years on the Wake County School Board have been marked by controversy. Republicans came into power in 2009 and board member John Tedesco led the charge to eliminate the school assignment program, sparking outrage and national attention.

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