• After decades in the political wilderness, school integration seems poised to make a serious comeback as an education reform strategy.

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  • The Economic Impact of WCPSS: Investment in our public school system returns billions to our local economy.

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  • School Board in Action

    As the “watchdog” for our community, GSIW members are a presence at all board meetings. We post our meeting minutes to this site, along with speeches made during public comment. Join us at a meeting. Speak during public comment…make sure your voice is heard! Wake County…

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  • Raleigh Area Exceeds Expectations

    The idea of attending a nearby school is very appealing to many families. However, the high levels of economic segregation found in our residential housing patterns make a neighborhood school model the story of separate and unequal. In a new report from the Brookings...

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"Every Child, Our Child"

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Who We Are

A project of WakeUP Wake County, Great Schools in Wake Coalition (GSIW) is a community coalition of organizations, business leaders, parents and citizen advocates who are working to ensure educational excellence in the Wake County Public School System.  GSIW’s mission is to provide accurate information to educate the public about policy initiatives that would impact the quality of education, foster well-informed discussions about critical education issues, and advocate for policies that improve public education in Wake County.

What’s New?

School Board Elections 2016:  Every Wake Co voter will have one school board race and three county commission races on their ballot. Visit our elections page for important information & details, including candidates & important dates!

2017-18 Assignment Plan: School staff presented the first draft of this assignment plan to the board at their September 6th work session. Very small areas of the county are impacted and largely the result of opening 3 new schools. Troubling, however, is that this plan does little to nothing to help balance school populations based on socioeconomic status. Read more about the plan here

Did you know WCPSS has a strategic plan with the goal of a 95% graduation rate by 2020? View the WCPSS FIVE-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN here.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 29th, 7-9pm
School Board Candidate Forum
Districts 8 & 9 
Kirk of Kildaire Prebyterian Church
200 High Meadow Dr., Cary
Tuesday, October 4th 
Board of Education Work Session & Regular Meeting
Thursday, October 6th, 7-9pm
School Board Candidate Forum
Districts 1, 2 & 4
*new location:
Knightdale Town Hall
950 Steeple Square Ct., Knightdale
Thursday, October 13th, 7-9pm
County Commissioners Candidate Forum
Districts 4 & 6
Shaw University, Estey Hall
118 E. South St., Raleigh
Board Advisory Councils (BACs) are scheduled for September-November. BAC meetings are open to the public and topics will include the draft of the 2017-18 assignment plan. Look here for a BAC meeting in your area. 
All WCPSS meetings are at Crossroads I, 5625 Dillard Dr., Cary, unless otherwise noted.