Every day in Wake County, a new kindergarten class is born. With nearly 160,000 public school students in Wake County alone, the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) is larger than the entire public school systems of eight U.S. states.
In our rapidly growing county – home to the state capital, Research Triangle Park, and diverse communities – state-level advocacy is not enough. Wake County requires a local leader to speak up for our unique needs.
WakeEd Partnership exists to ensure an advocate for all WCPSS teachers sees the fill scope of education in our county and works to help state and local elected officials make decisons that lead to positive educational outcomes.
Public Policy Agenda
WakeEd Partnership is the business champion for public education in Wake County. These public policy priorities have been identified through dialogue with elected officials, business leaders, educators, nonprofit leaders, and parents. WakeEd encourages state and local policymakers to consider adopting these positions.
Successful Students in Every Classroom
- Ensure equal access for students to a world-class education which includes arts, sciences, mathematics, literature and 21st Century skills.
- Promote literacy initiatives which ensure all students will read proficiently by the end of third grade and beyond.
- Diversify student evaluation to include multiple measurement methods which capture the full growth of students each school year.
Excellent Educators in Every School
- Strengthen the career pipeline by creating multiple pathways to licensure, developing educational leaders, and providing adequate compensation throughout the professional continuum.
- Invest in professional development programs which build capacity of educators to adapt to emerging best practices and dynamic teaching methods.
- Create advanced teaching roles which inspire teachers to lead within their school communities by adopting structures of advanced responsibility.
Strong Schools in Every Community
- Provide adequate state and local public education funding which ensures every school has the proper staff, supplies, and support to produce high-achieving students.
- Formulate equitable school performance reports which are simple, but comprehensive, tools for demonstrating effectiveness and areas for growth.
- Address performance inequities among schools by giving local education authorities the flexibility to innovate at the district and school building levels.
Updated October 2017
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The WakeEd Board of Directors has adopted a formal resolution in support of increased funding for Wake County Public School System for the 2018-19.
WCPSS is requesting $58.9 million in new spending for the 2018-19 school year. This includes $48 million in new spending necessary to maintain the current level of service.
Wake County Manager David Ellis proposed increasing the spending for WCPSS by $30 million in fiscal 2018-19. That’s well below the $58.9 million the school board’s requested increase. The school system says it will take $48 million just to maintain the same level of service as this school year.