• Why We Need a Moratorium on the High Stakes of Testing

    The president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, called late last month for a moratorium on the high stakes attached to new Common Core-aligned standardized tests. (You can read about that here.) Here’s a piece in support of that call, written by Jeff Bryant, an Associate Fellow at the Campaign for America’s Future , who happens to reside in North Carolina...

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  • The State of the School to Prison Pipeline Report

    A new report by GSIW partner Advocates for Children’s Services (a project of Legal Aid of North Carolina) offers insights into student discipline practices and the “active school-to-prison pipeline” in Wake County’s public schools. “The State of the School-to-Prison Pipeline in...

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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’s Proposed 2016-17 budget:  Following two work sessions in April, the board approved their FY2017 budget at their meeting on May 3rd. It was then passed on to the Wake County Commissioners for approval. On May 16th, the County Manager presented his proposed budget to the Wake Commissioners. His budget included $23.9 million in additional funding for schools. This is about two-thirds of the school system’s request. Commissioners will vote on their budget in June, following two opportunities for public comment: June 6th at 2pm and 7pm (details under “upcoming events”). Please visit our budget page for more information.


Read our shared vision statement for Wake County schools, developed over three community meetings hosted by Great Schools In Wake & WakeUP Wake County. This shared vision statement and document is a product of citizens working together with elected officials on the Board of Education and the Board of Commissioners. We want YOU to join this conversation and help us bring it to your community.

The Indy covers our three vision work sessions: Resegregation, Never!

Study shows the powerful & positive impact of WCPSS on local economy:  Read the study here.

Study finds WCPSS diversity policy lessened Wake schools segregation. Read the study here. 


Learn about new construction, renovations, schedules and more.
Read more about the plan.

Upcoming Events

Update May 18, 2016: The school board will not meet for a work session or regular meeting again in May. A few committees will meet and those can be found on the school system website here. 
Monday, June 6th, 2016 2:00pm
Wake Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting &
Public Comment on the FY2017 Budget (2:30pm)
Wake County Justice Center, Room 2700
Monday, June 6th, 2016 7:00pm
Wake Board of Commissioners Public Hearing on the FY2017 Budget
Wake Commons Building
4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh
Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 3:30pm
Board of Education Work Session
Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 5:30pm
Board of Education Meeting
Rising Kindergartners can begin pre-enrolling at their base school. Even if you intend to apply to a magnet school, your student must register at their base school.
Get more information about enrolling for WCPSS kindergarten here
All WCPSS meetings are at Crossroads I, 5625 Dillard Dr., Cary, unless otherwise noted.
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