In Context

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

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...

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 Seeking to Add More ‘Charter-Like’ Schools

The “restart” model for high-needs schools will expand to 10 more WCPSS schools next year. Last week, the state Board of Education approved the application submitted by WCPSS to restart five more elementary schools and five middle schools. All of which are schools...

State School Funding Changes Could Be on the Horizon

Big changes could be coming to North Carolina’s educational funding system. A recent study presented to the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation and Oversight Committee revealed inequities in the current funding formulas and made suggestions for entirely new ways to...

WCPSS School Board Approves Pay Raises for Non-Certified Staff

Salary bonuses may be coming for thousands of essential Wake County Public Schools employees who haven’t had a raise in years. The school board recently reviewed a plan to pay a one-time $500 bonus to hourly employees such as teacher assistants, custodians, child...

Parent Input Aids Student Assignment Planning

The last phase of the latest student assignment will be the result of parent input and student data. Wake County Public School System plans to open one middle school, two elementary schools, and one application-only high school for the 2017-18 school year. The parents...

Principal Pay Plan Calls for End to Pay Scale

The initial plan to restructure the way school principals are paid in North Carolina calls for an end of the complicated pay scale. In its place, lawmakers propose giving superintendents the power to negotiate salaries with principals, and to provide performance...

WCPSS Staff, Board Revising Policy Manual

Some of the most important work going on within Wake County Public School System isn’t happening the classroom. The WCPSS School Board and school system staff are working on a major project to update the system’s policy manual - a document which formalizes the...

Vision 2020 Strategic Plan Enters New Phase

Wake County Public School System is undergoing a systemic change. That was the message from Vision 2020 Strategic Plan Co-Chairs Karen Hamilton and Beth Hodge to the WCPSS School Board at a recent work session. That change is coming in every area of operation and...

WakeEd Endorses Transit Bond Referendum Nov. 8

It may seem a bit unusual that a non-profit focused solely on educational issues has an interest in regional transportation needs, but transit is, in fact, an education issue. That’s why WakeEd supports the transit referendum on the Nov. 8 ballot and urges our...