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Old 11-22-2015, 09:51 AM
 
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Looking for a new place to live with my 2 young daughters. Taking a weekend trip to Raleigh/Cary/Apex area soon to look around and try to get a sense of the place (in a short time, I know). Although the school ratings in Wake County are high, I am reading a LOT of negatives--from underfunding, inept teachers, horrible transportation, and redistricting--not to mention "elite" attitudes in some schools where only advanced students seem to thrive. I am getting a bit discouraged at the thought of putting Wake County on my list, despite the nice cost of living and opportunities for work in the area. Am I taking all this negative to heart too much or are all the good ratings just a ruse?
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Old 11-22-2015, 09:59 AM
 
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Most of the schools and teachers are great.
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Old 11-22-2015, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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Am I taking all this negative to heart too much...
I think this. I'm sure you can read negative reviews about any schools in the country.

Most people are very satisfied with the Wake Co schools, but the ones who aren't post the negative reviews and the ones who are satisfied don't post as much. There's always room for improvement, but some people just will always complain, too, no matter what school their kids are in.

Overall, the current Republican-led NC legislature and Republican governor have not been very supportive of our schools and you may be reading some negatives about that with regard to funding, salaries, etc. Hopefully that will change, but that's the current state of affairs. However Wake schools are better funded than schools in more rural communities in NC and teachers in Wake do receive a salary supplement from local taxes.
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Old 11-22-2015, 11:53 AM
 
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One million Wake county residents, growing county with regard to development, jobs, infrastructure, amenities. Do you think that many people would choose Wake county if the schools were horrible? No. Could there be improvements? Always and anywhere.
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Old 11-22-2015, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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I'm not sure where you're reading the info. Some of the "the schools are bad" talk emanates at the state level politically. You may have heard a lot of talk about reassignment (not redistrict, a minor difference in terms), though we haven't had a major reassignment for about 6 years, and we'll have one this upcoming year.

Our reassignments occur to manage the growth in the student body - growth created when folks move to town, like you're considering. Like I'm sure most places in the US, if your budget allows, you'll be able to get into a very good school with minimal worries of reassignment. You'll need to buy an older home though, or at least in an old neighborhood.
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Old 11-22-2015, 12:18 PM
 
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Thanks all. I'll go for the weekend and see what I can see. I appreciate your feedback.
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Old 11-22-2015, 01:13 PM
 
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If things were so bad, there wouldn't be so many people coming here to cause the issues that people think are bad.
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Old 11-23-2015, 04:48 PM
 
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If things were so bad, there wouldn't be so many people coming here to cause the issues that people think are bad.
Ain't so. Companies are being bribed to move here and people are following the jobs.
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Old 11-23-2015, 04:55 PM
 
Location: under the beautiful Carolina blue
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Ain't so. Companies are being bribed to move here and people are following the jobs.
Idiots! They should stay where they are and fight it out for a new job, especially if they are in that magical age bracket of 40+!!! Moving is for the birds, especially when you're coming form a higher COL area.
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Old 11-23-2015, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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The worst part of the argument s that we haven't won any incentives wars in several years.
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