The History of Wake County Public Schools
Wake County Public Schools is one of the more recently formed school districts in the country, dating back to just 1976. The district was formed as a result of a merger between the Wake County school system and Raleigh Public Schools. During that time, North Carolina schools found themselves in a state of flux, thanks to a Supreme Court decision involving desegregation of North Carolina schools in 1971. In Swann v. the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, the Supreme Court determined that Charlotte-Mecklenburg must desegregate its schools through forced bussing, according to the Carolina Journal.
- A belief that all students in Wake County are entitled to the same high quality education
- Aggressively challenging students can help reduce academic achievement gaps
- Parents, family members, mentors and members of the community all play a key role in the success of students
- Teachers and principals must be highly effective if schools in Wake County are to succeed
- The district must adhere to an environment of continuous improvement and focus on student achievement