Wake County to Bus Students to Orange County to Get Better Education

Wake County to Bus Students to Orange County to Get Better Education

April, 01, 2011 , by Jedidiah

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After a year of heated debates on the Wake County School Board of whether or not students should be relocated into new 'neighborhood' schools, the Wake County Public School System has decided to instead just bus all of its students to Orange County to get 'a better education'. "Instead of continually arguing which schools to send them to in Wake County, we just decided to send them to West." said one board member. "We figured that Orange County schools could give them a better education that was more about the books they are reading and not the school they are going to." he continued.

Asked how the Orange County School System will handle the new load of students, an Orange County School Board member stated; "If our schools get too full, we'll just bring in some of those mobile homes with window units. And if that doesn't work, we'll just ship the extra students over to Durham County. 

School Board Representative John Tedesco could not be contacted for comment. It's possible that he's riding around on a school bus trying to find out where all of his students went.

 

This was posted on April Fools' Day 2011.








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  • William Needham Finley IV
    04/01 10:56 AM

    Finally! I’m glad this “debate” is over. Get the poor kids outta here.

  • WILLNCSU
    04/01 01:53 PM

    Silly liberals.  So witty.  How convenient that this “joke” comes out the same day that a report is released hinting that busing negatively correlates with academic achievement.

  • reesian
    04/01 02:38 PM

    FINALLY!!! We’re putting as much time, energy and care into providing a quality education for our children as we have been worrying about how (or if) we should escort them around the Triangle.  Maybe the next step might be for the Wake County School Board to recommend our bus system as ‘roadie schools’!

  • Lara
    04/01 07:12 PM

    Will, do you have this study? Or is it a “study” in the same way that studies reveal that 95% of people on the internet make up studies on the spot?

  • WILLNCSU
    04/01 08:04 PM

    News and observer. Google is your friend.

  • JeffS
    04/01 08:37 PM

    I heard that they were reversing their stance on socioeconomic status. They’re going to ship the rich kids to Orange County and the poor ones to Durham.

    When asked for comments, the white board members muttered in unison “It’s scary over there”.

  • HYPE
    04/02 02:08 AM

    There sending them to UNC.

  • Drew
    04/03 11:38 AM

    WILLNCSU, please send the link.  I’ve googled externally and searched within N&O’s site. I’ve found nothing about a recent study regarding the negative impacts busing has on achievement. I truly do want to read it.  Thanks.

  • pino
    04/03 12:00 PM

    WILLNCSU, please send the link.  I’ve googled externally and searched within N&O’s site. I’ve found nothing about a recent study regarding the negative impacts busing has on achievement.

    If you go to the N&O site, hover over “News” and surf to “Education” you’ll find the story 6th on the left hand side.

    It’s here:

    http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/04/01/1096230/data-hint-how-far-may-tell-how.html

    School officials presented data this week showing that the academic performance of elementary and middle school students who are involuntarily assigned declined the farther those students traveled to school.

    That data is made available in the side bar of that news article, but can be found here:


    http://media2.newsobserver.com/smedia/2011/04/01/08/WakeBoardPosition032211.source.prod_affiliate.156.source.prod_affiliate.156.pdf

    The report is fascinating, but the pertinent data begins on page 30.  Section 4 to be exact.

  • JeffS
    04/03 02:20 PM

    WILLNCSU, have you actually read the report? The data does not support such a blanket statement.


    Copied from another site:
    “What is surprising is that the report does such a poor job of supporting this claim and any trends that can be discerned are far less clear than the article suggests.  As travel distances increased from <1 mile to 2.1-3 miles, academic proficiency increased from 53.1% to 57.3%.  Does this mean that 2.1-3 miles is the magical bus ride length that leads to greatest proficiency?  Students who were bused 10 miles had a 49.5% proficiency rate while students who were bused 7 miles had a 40% rate, so is 10 miles better for academic performance than 7?”

  • Lara
    04/03 03:02 PM

    It seems a bit deceptive that the study, instead of analyzing by who receives free and reduced lunches (which is what the busing policy was based on) but instead race.

  • pino
    04/04 12:37 AM

    It seems a bit deceptive that the study, instead of analyzing by who receives free and reduced lunches (which is what the busing policy was based on) but instead race.


    Hi Lara.  It’s not so much a “study” as it is a bunch of data put together to show that the actions of the new board are not “racist”.  The entire motivation behind the report is to answer allegation from the Feds.


    I happen to support busing for socio-economic diversity and am somewhat saddened by ending it.  However, at no point in time did I ever think those that wanted it ended had racial motivations in mind.

  • pino
    04/04 12:40 AM

    The data does not support such a blanket statement.


    Correct.


    The conclusion is a common yet powerful mistake.  Correlation does not imply causation. 


    More disturbing to me, however, is how WCPSS claimed they didn’t have detailed numbers on who was bused just weeks before this data was released.

  • Lara
    04/04 10:46 PM

    Well that’s disheartening.

    It hurts every time I check the news about Wake County and the debacle over busing. As a product of Wake County schools, I feel like me and my fellow students benefited so much from a system that suffered only from the frantic and hysterical hand-wringing of a minority of parents and people without children funnily enough. I know it’s anecdotal and there are people from the same system that disagree with me but to see an entire system uprooted just to serve a partisan cause just kills me. This is a child’s future we’re talking about and it’s been boiled down to “well I don’t want my kids on the bus five minutes longer” and “liberals don’t understand REAL LIFE”.

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