Please Save the Date (May 20th)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

In an ongoing community effort to support Knightdale's school, Knightdale 100 would like to invite you to attend our public forum on May 20, 7pm at the Knightdale Town Hall (950 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale). An agenda to follow at a later date.

WakeEd - Discussing Knightdale High and the school budget today | blogs

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

WakeEd - Discussing Knightdale High and the school budget today | blogs

Submitted by KeungHui on 04/21/2010 - 06:00

Ann Denlinger and budget issues will be on the agenda of today's joint meeting of the Wake County school board and county commissioners.

Denlinger, president of the Wake Education Partnership, will give an abbreviated version of the January presentation about Knightdale High School she had made to the Knightdale 100. It had so impressed County Commissioner Joe Bryan that he wants both boards to hear it.

The school board will then discuss the budget it adopted Tuesday, especially the request for $313.5 million from commissioners. It's the same amount as was requested last year.


School board chairman Ron Margiotta opened today's joint meeting by saying that he recognizes that the commissioners' resolution can be in conflict with the school board's new assignment plans. He said they'll meet to discuss it later but need to focus today on the agenda topics.

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Eastern Wake Buzz - Good things connected to Knightdale High School happen on Facebook | blogs

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Eastern Wake Buzz - Good things connected to Knightdale High School happen on Facebook | blogs

Submitted by dsherman
I wrote about a Facebook page recently that got a lot of people upset. The Facebook page aired frustrations and anger over the fatal shooting of Nigel Ellison, a Knightdale High School student.

I heard from people by e-mail who felt that writing about it gave Knightdale High School an unfairly bad reputation. Others wrote that writing about it could lead to more violence.

I don’t like it when bad things happen even when it makes for compelling copy. And so I was heartened to hear of another Facebook story from Knightdale social studies teacher LaToya Berry.

She told me that Jonathan Wall, a sophomore at Morehouse University in Atlanta, penned a thoughtful comment on Facebook about judging a Georgia public school math fest. About this time last year, over 5,000 1st-8th graders participated in the contest which was a combination of math and debate.

Wall wrote: The inequalities in education are something that I’ve always been passionate about understanding, and identifying the underlying factors of. Going to predominantly white schools on one side of town for grades K-8, and a predominantly black school on the other side for grades 9-12, helped me see more clearly the dividing line of educational quality. But yesterday, Saturday, March 28, 2009 I saw firsthand the overwhelming disparities that now plague America’s public schools.”

Wall went on to explain how the contest was judged and the results.

“I can’t even begin to describe the feelings and thoughts that raced through my heart and mind as I walked group after group of kids to the podium to be awarded their first place plaques…. Out of those 40 winners, only 3 were black. And two of them were on the same team. It troubles me that America’s Public Schools (AND PRIVATE, but that’s another situation) are still unequal and lack not only diversity, but equality in the distribution of education. Some try to blame it on the intellectual capacity of the kids, but that is definitely NOT the case. It all trickles down to the unequal distribution of educational RESOURCES. There is no reason for there to be such a wide gap in the academic skill-set of students in the same grade, in the same state.”

Wall’s Facebook comment ended up in an Atlanta newspaper. He was invited by nine civil rights activists and leaders from the 1960s to join them in creating charter schools for low-performing minority students.

And he’s gotten the attention of Georgia lawmakers and professors, impressed with his insights.

He was invited by the assistant superintendent of Georgia Charter Schools to serve as a principal of the day at a local school.

Good things do happen on Facebook and to Knightdale High students.

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Wake County School Assignments Out Today - Wake County -

Friday, April 16, 2010

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Wake Schools considers millions in budget cuts

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wake Schools considers millions in budget cuts

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WakeEd - Discussing the impact of community-based schools on real estate | blogs

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

WakeEd - Discussing the impact of community-based schools on real estate | blogs

What impact will the community-based school assignment plan have on Wake County real estate and property taxes?

The "Cost of Schools Plan" is the title of the discussion forum that will be held Tuesday from 6-8:15 p.m. at the Hot Point Cafe at North Hills in Raleigh. Some of the names of the speakers should be familiar.

Speakers include Knightdale Mayor Russell Killen, who spoke at the Friends of Diversity press conference, and Wake Education Partnership VP Tim Simmons. His boss, Ann Denliger, also attended the Friends of Diversity event.

Anne Sherron, the District 6 board advisory council chairwoman and a member of the school board's student assignment committee, will also be speaking in her role as a realtor.

Sherron has repeatedly said, including at the March 20 Great Schools in Wake Coalition forum, that the new board's actions are causing companies not to want to relocate to Wake County.

Leaders of the Wake Schools Community Alliance were invited to attend as well. But Jennifer Mansfield, a member of the WSCA's steering committee, said she's not sure if anyone will be able to attend because of scheduling conflicts.

I don't know enough about the other speakers to say if they have a particular viewpoint about scrapping the use of the diversity policy.

The event is open to the public but you're asked to RSVP.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

K100 found 5 NCSU students for BIOLOGY and 3 community members to work with English students!

Knightdale High School Media Center is conducting a book drive for 100 books. The Knightdale Business Alliance has set a goal of 300 new books for the media center. You can help by purchasing a book from the following list. All donations are tax deductible. Those that wish to participate can fill out this short form.

Purchase a book from the following list:

Form to print and fill out if you want to purchase a book for the library.