The assignment plan includes achievement as a small element of the equation, which could help prevent the concentration of too many low-performing students in some schools. Hill wants to make achievement a bigger part of the formula, equal to proximity.
They say a picture is worth 1000 words. In this case a picture is worth thousands of reaassigned children. In this photo, Kevin Hill presents the National School Boards Association Council of Urban Boards of Education's Award to the Wake County Board of Education.
And why did Wake County receive the award?
"The judges felt the (Wake} school board's commitment to diversity should be really recognized," said Katrina Kelley, director of the CUBE program.
Mr. Hill addressed all of the Board members as he presented an award. Mr. Hill stated that,
“On Saturday, October 10th, the Wake County Board of Education was recognized by the National School Board’s Association’s Council of Urban Board’s of Education at their annual conference in Austin, Texas. It was one of the proudest moments in my long career with the Wake County Public School System, and now serving as a member of this Board to boot, to accept this recognition on behalf of the Board of Education.
The Wake County Board of Education received recognition for Outstanding Commitment and Service to Diversity. When receiving this plaque, I credited Ms. Rosa Gill for her leadership and initiative as chair of the past two previous years, along with the teachers and staff that make this happen daily for all of our children in Wake County.
The other school system that was recognized in this category was Jefferson County Public School System in Kentucky. They recently adopted a student assignment plan based on choice; it took 12 to 13 months to put their plan together. They contacted us last week because they wanted to talk because they didn’t feel it was working.