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Wake school leaders to examine a new choice

If you’ve been following the Wake County School diversity debate, here’s a new phase you may need to know: “controlled choice.”

Controlled choice plans create zones and allow families to choose within their zone, provided that admitting students to the school of their choice does not upset the racial and ethnic balance at that school.

Michael Alves, a consultant out of Massachusetts, will present the concept on Tuesday to the Wake County Board of Education’s Student Assignment Committee. He tells WRAL:

“The idea is to be fair,” Alves said, who has worked for nearly 30 years with other large school systems on assignment plans. “You subject everything to a practicality test. It has to be a plan that is implementable. It has to have a fairness test.”

The Wake Education Partnership and the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce invited Alves to visit with local business leaders and elected officials to discuss key elements needed in any choice plan.

State NAACP President Rev. William Barber says he has not yet seen the details, but would be skeptical of any plan that relies on “selective real estate” over sound research.

If you’re interested in learning more, Tuesday’s open meeting is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wake County Public School System Administration Building.

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