• 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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  • 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

Great Schools in Wake Coalition (GSIW) is a project of Public Schools First NC. 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.

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What’s New?

Class Size Mandate:   After more than a year of inaction and accusing local districts of misusing funds, state lawmakers finally passed HB90 in February 2018. This bill phases in smaller class sizes but still does not include any funding for the additional teachers and classroom space that will be needed to fully implement smaller K-3 classes. Read more  here.

 Superintendent Search Continues:  The school board announced there are 20 applicants for the job of leading WCPSS, the largest school district in NC. Dr. Del Burns has returned as interim superintendent and swears this is a temporary gig for him. That’s okay- we’re thrilled to have him back even if for a short time!

Wake is Number One Again! Wake County tops the nation in the number of Nationally Board Certified Teachers for the 12th year in a row! Read about this remarkable accomplishment 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

 Tuesdays, every other week
Board of Education Work Sessions, 3:30pm
Board of Education Regular Meetings 5:30pm 
Check the school board calendar here as work session times may change. 
Board Advisory Councils (BACs) BAC meetings are open to the public. Look here for a BAC meeting in your area. 
 All WCPSS meetings are at Crossroads I, 5625 Dillard Dr., Cary, unless otherwise noted.