Well-informed citizens help public schools succeed. Our team provides clear, independent commentary and review of education policy issues.
WakeEd works to inform, influence, and champion issues that impact our schools the most. We strive to see all sides of the issue and pick a path that moves our students forward.
- Inform — Sharing unbiased information on all sides of a topic.
- Influence —Being at the right meetings at the right time to shape policy and influence decisions.
- Champion —Sharing our preferred stance on an issue by waving the banner in a very public way.
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Here are our positions on recent issues:
Preserve rigorous academic standards.
Higher Standards: The North Carolina Academic Standards Review Commission is assessing the state’s reading and math standards. These current standards are based on the Common Core. It is critical to maintain high standards that prepare students for career and college success and are aligned with assessments that provide a way to compare our performance to other states.
Revise the grading of schools.
Grading of Schools: The school report card to be issued in February 2015 by the NC Department of Public Instruction provides multiple school performance indicators for comparison across a single district and across the state. These data points provide a clearer and more nuanced view of a school than a single letter grade can convey. Additionally, any calculation for a school letter grade should give considerable priority to student learning growth.
Increase pay for teachers and fully fund a career pathways program for teachers.
Teacher Pay: While recent increases in base pay help, North Carolina teacher salaries lag behind neighboring states and rank low nationally. Teacher salary in North Carolina should be competitive with neighboring states and meet the national average. Career pathways that provide meaningful avenues for increased impact, greater responsibility, and significantly more pay should be funded for implementation.
Include projected student enrollment growth in annual budget formulation for K-12 public education.
Continuation Budget: At the state level, a new budgetary approach fails to consider student enrollment growth when determining funding for education for the upcoming year. WCPSS and other high-growth districts experience a significant decrease in per-pupil funding under such a scenario.
Restore funding for Driver’s Education courses, or allow districts to assess fees to cover the full cost of providing the course.
State Requirements Without Allocations: Funding for a required Driver’s Education course has been eliminated beginning in 2015-2016. Districts are restricted in what they can ask students to pay in fees to cover costs. This leaves districts with a large cost for providing the required course.
Increase funding and provide additional funding sources for school construction.
School Infrastructure: The need for more school capacity remains an issue for WCPSS due to continuing student enrollment growth fueled by economic development. School construction, repairs, and upgrades are recurring costs. Alternative sources of funding are necessary to help provide safe, effective learning environments for all students.
Allow districts to approve and govern charter schools.
Charter Schools: Charter schools operate under rules and procedures with greater flexibility than traditional public schools. Districts should be able to approve and govern their own charter schools. These schools would provide environments to experiment with various educational practices.
Allow districts to set school calendars.
School Calendars: Districts are unable to set calendars that best provide for their students. Calendar flexibility allows districts to set calendars that align with location and program specific student opportunities.