In Context

WakeEd’s In Context newsletter is a monthly deep-dive into education issues impacting the Wake County Public School System.

Class Size Relief is Welcome, But Tough Choices Still Loom

The class size reduction compromise passed by the General Assembly this week is a mixed bag for local school districts. Among the positive outcomes are a multi-year approach to reducing class sizes, adding funding for program enhancement teachers, and eliminating the waiting list for pre-kindergarten classes.

Public School Choice Can Be Found in WCPSS Magnet Schools

Parents in Wake County have a wealth of options for public school choice within the Wake County Public School System through the magnet school program that has been a cornerstone of the school system for more than 35 years. WCPSS has over 50 magnet schools across its...

Open Source Curriculum Shows Promise for WCPSS

Of the many changes that occurred with the shift to teaching Common Core State Standards perhaps the most noticeable to students, parents, and teachers alike was the move away from using textbooks in English Language Arts and Mathematics. It wasn’t by design that...

Finding the Right Formula for A Useful School Performance Report

What, really, is the point of a school performance report? This is the question that hasn’t been answered in the discussion about school accountability. Is it to measure the teaching quality so parents know if their child’s school is really a good school? Or is it a...

Local Control is Right for School Calendar Law

It’s official. No one can agree on the best time to start the school year. A recent report from the NC General Assembly’s Program Evaluation Division (PED) found that certain start dates are favored more than others, but none poll at a rate high enough to say with...

WakeEd’s Public Policy Agenda Focus: Teachers, Standards, Students

As the North Carolina General Assembly opens its long session on January 25, WakeEd Partnership has released its Public Policy Agenda (PDF) with an emphasis on teacher talent management, improving school accountability measures, and ensuring student equity for all....

Fewer WCPSS Teachers Leaving Profession

The latest report on teachers leaving WCPSS had good news for the school system, but there is still work to do. Overall, 11.29 percent of WCPSS teachers either left the profession, left to teach in another state, or left to teach elsewhere in North Carolina. This...

WCPSS School Board Welcomes New Members, Chooses New Leadership

A new chapter began tonight for the Wake County School Board with the swearing in of 8 members. The bittersweet ceremony saw the congratulations of outgoing and incoming members as well as the solemn remembrance of the late Zora Felton who died unexpectedly last month...