Monday, July 13, 2009

Calendars may thwart Wake school transfers

RALEIGH -- Wake County school officials acknowledge they're flunking out at giving hundreds of families timely notice that they can transfer children from schools that are failing under federal No Child Left Behind standards.
Telling parents well before school starts that they have a choice other than their children's assignment to a failing school is a key element of the 2002 No Child Left Behind law. But Wake school officials, citing technical difficulties and time pressures, will not contact families at most year-round schools until several weeks after classes have begun.
Chris Marsch's two children started school Tuesday at Barwell Elementary, a year-round school already classified as failing under No Child Left Behind. "It's a law you have to enforce," Marsch said. "It's ludicrous that parents are getting the shaft every time."


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