#WCPSS Has ‘Student Growth’ — in Charters, Homeschools, Private Schools

Earlier in the week I highlighted a narrative about student growth in Wake County Schools.

In that earlier article, I said the following:

These type of articles also serve another purpose, which is to attack school choice. Meanwhile, they are ignoring the multiple underlying causes of why parents are running for the exits of the public school system.

School safety is a big and increasing concern of parents as is the way the Wake Board and the NC Department of Public Instruction have ignored the parents complaints about Common Core.

Instead, Wake county parents are told by idealogues like former Wake Board Chair Christine Kushner, that what is wrong with Wake schools is their fault.

Gee, I hate being right so often.

WUNC headline yesterday:  Charters, Home Schools and Private Schools Overtake Wake County Public Schools In New Enrollment

“Taken together, charters, home schools and private schools enrolled almost 3,600 new students last school year in Wake. Meanwhile, the public school system added around 2,000 new students–far fewer than predicted. Wake enrolled about 1,000 students fewer than projected in each of the last two school years.”


And why would that be? Think about it. Let’s continue on.

Wake’s communication person said this:

“Home schools is probably the biggest surprise in that it has been the steadiest growth area for the last several years,” Simmons said.

Really?  Did he miss the DNPE’s report?

Wake county had THE biggest number of homeschools with 6,359. The only other district that came close was Mecklenburg with just over 5,000.

The report estimated the number of homeschool students in Wake was 10,407.  Again, Mecklenburg was the closest with 7,741.

For comparison, in the 2014-15 school year, Wake schools (16th largest district in the country) had 155,184 students enrolled in 171 schools.

Terry Stoops at John Locke wrote about the homeschool boom back in July:

Not only was there a 9 percent increase in the number of homeschoolers statewide, the homeschool population eclipsed 100,000 students for the first time.

Over the last four school years, the homeschool population increased by a staggering 34 percent.

The last four years has seen the rate of homeschooling jump drastically. Now, what has happened in the past four years that might cause that?

isnt-common-core greatI can think of a number of reasons:

Common Core, school safety, social justice junk infused into everything, over-testing,  a board that doesn’t listen, blames parents and spends money like water.

I’m going to say this again, Wake County’s School Board has thus far refused to look at the reasons why parents are leaving Wake Schools in droves. Their stance thus far has been to demonize parents, blame birth rates and I’m sure aliens from Mars play a role somewhere.

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A.P. Dillon is a reporter currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_ Tips: APDillon@Protonmail.com
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