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Via: WRAL

The Wake County Public School System is seeking feedback on how schools could be grouped under the district’s new student assignment policy.

A set of sample maps were posted Thursday on the school system’s website, along with lists of schools in each zone and charts that compare projected student enrollment in 2012-13 with the available school capacity in each zone of the appropriate map.

Comments will be accepted online through Aug. 29.

The school system’s Growth and Planning Department presented the maps Tuesday to the school board’s Student Assignment Committee, which is working to implement the new assignment model.

The goal will be to assign students to schools closer to their homes.

The current three-year model buses some students across the district to help balance the number of students at each school who receive free or reduced-price lunches.

School board members say the new plan, when in place, will provide stability to students who will no longer be moved from school to school and give parents more choices and involvement in their children’s education.

Others are concerned, however, that the plan could prevent economically disadvantaged students from receiving the same quality of education, because the move would segregate schools, create pockets of poverty within the district and lead to high teacher turnover.

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