by Bob Geary
Johnny Carson used to want your cards and letters. Tony Tata wants your emails or your comments in person re: his Blue Plan and his Green Plan for making student assignments in Wake starting with the 2012-13 school year. I wrote earlier about the Blue v. the Green (not to be confused with the Blue v. Gray, which was covered here). Now the schedule is set for the nine public hearings — all next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at a HS hopefully near you.
All the meetings start at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, May 31: at Enloe High, Millbrook Magnet High and Athens Drive High
Wednesday, June 1: at Panther Creek High
Thursday, June 2: at Wake Forest-Rolesville High, Garner Magnet High, Sanderson High, Cary High and Holly Springs High
You can read the Blue and Green plans for yourself, and comment on them electronically, by going to the special website set up for that purpose.
Here's the info taken from the Wake schools website:
Information Meetings Scheduled to Present Details of Student Assignment Proposals
May 24, 2011 — Members of the Wake County Public School System’s Student Assignment Task Force will lead a series of community information meetings to provide details of the two draft student assignment proposals to families who may have difficulty accessing the plans online.
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 may view the two proposals online at http://assignment.wcpss.net/ 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 will begin at 6 p.m. on the following dates:
Tuesday, May 31 at Enloe High, Millbrook Magnet High and Athens Drive High
Wednesday, June 1 at Panther Creek High
Thursday, June 2 at Wake Forest-Rolesville High, Garner Magnet High, Sanderson High, Cary High and Holly Springs High
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 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.”
Citizens who do not have Internet access and who are unable to attend the community information meetings may call the school system’s customer service center at 919-850-1600 during regular business hours to obtain details about the proposals and submit their comments.
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