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Feb 28, 2011

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justcorbly

Assignment by achievement has merit. As the piece points out, everyone wants their kids to go to the best possible school. If implemented, I suspect it will generate considerable political pressure to "level the playing field" between Wake's schools, based on the premise that it is harder for a kid to achieve at a bad school.

The NYT piece mentions in passing the rapid expansion in Wake's school population. The system has had to find and build classrooms for 3000-4000 more students each year for the last decade or so. Not easy, even for a district with a billion dollar budget. Going on, that growth is the board's real problem, and the problem that generated much of the parental angst, probably moreso than the goal of the assignment policy, that conservatives leveraged.

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