Alves plan for student assignment to be unveiled Friday

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Just fyi, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and Wake Education Partnership announced today they'll be unveiling consultant Michael Alves' plan for student assignments in Wake on Friday morning at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd. in CAry. Start time is 8 a.m. (Update: The meeting for Chamber board members is at 8. The media briefing, to which the general public is invited, begins at 10.)

The Alves plan is long-awaited and arrives none too soon: The Wake school board majority is in the process of piecemeal reassignments affecting 3.500 students next year — and not in a good way.

The piecemeal approach, if it continues, will kill Wake's diversity policy by a thousand cuts, as opposed to just ditching it in one sweeping move as the board majority seemed to have in mind until one of them, Debra Goldman, got off the Ron Margiotta-John Tedesco bandwagon.

Alves, in general, supports the idea of student assignment zones — not unlike Tedesco — but Alves thinks the zones should be relatively equal in socioeconomic terms. That's very much unlike Tedesco.

Whether the school board will listen to Alves is a question. But first, let's see what he recommends.

And then, let's see how what Alves recommends is received by new Superintendent of Schools Tony Tata.

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