• 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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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?

See the third draft of proposed assignments as WCPSS prepares to open five new schools in 2016-17. Online comments and community feedback have been considered and the board will vote on a final plan on December 1, 2015.
Look up your bus stop now!
Learn about new construction, renovations, schedules and more. 
Read more about the plan.

Upcoming Events


WCPSS Growth & Assignment: A Conversation About the Future
Great Schools in Wake to host series of three community meetings: the first was in September, the second was Oct. 27th. Last session coming up:
DATE CHANGE! We apologize for any inconvenience but we have changed the date for our final community meeting from Nov.19th to Nov. 23rd. 
Monday, November 23rd: Group Work: Finalizing the Vision Statement
Click here to learn more!
Tuesday, December, 1st 2015 – 3:30 PM
Board of Education Work Session
Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 – 5:30PM
Board of Education Meeting
(Final vote on 2016-17 student assignment plan)
Monday, December 14th, 2015 
Deadline to submit applications to Early College High Schools, Leadership Academies & Vernon Malone College & Career Academy
Click here to learn more about application process.
Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 
Board of Education Work Session & Regular Meeting
All WCPSS meetings at Crossroads I, 5625 Dillard Dr., Cary, unless otherwise noted.
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