For those of you who doubt Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) is arrogant and considers itself above the law, read this morning’s News & Observer. The paper has a story about how WCPSS flaunts federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) regulations by forcing parents to reapply for transfers after moving children from high-poverty schools that fail to achieve NCLB’s stated academic targets. Worse yet, Wake doesn’t let parents know educational options for their children until after many classes have started.
Removing children from high poverty failing schools was the most powerful option available to parents under NCLB. Telling parents they can transfer students to a better school — only after classes have already started — flies in the face of all NCLB stands for. WCPSS should either return its federal funds or correct the problem.