Editorial: Confirming what we already knew

August 22, 2013 

Newsflash! Teachers in several schools in eastern Wake County don’t have the resources they need to do their jobs effectively.

What? Wait. That’s not new news?

Nope. In fact, it’s what local education advocates have been saying for many years – since long before groups like the Knightdale 100 were formed.

But now, an audit by a third-party entity has catalogued the challenges facing four Knightdale-area schools, ranging from inexperienced teachers to shortages of food in the cafeteria.

And we suspect the results of the audit released last week would be mirrored by anyone who studies other eastern Wake County schools.

School leaders have the problem spelled out for them in the audit. It remains to be seen if school system leaders have the courage and the fortitude to redeploy the system’s limited resources in such a way that more resources are focused on areas where needs are the highest.

School board members batted around a few off-the-cuff ideas at a committee meeting in which the audit results were released.

But it will be central office staffers, including new superintendent Jim Merrill, who will come up with the most thoughtful and methodical approaches to solving the inequities the audit revealed.

No one should expect a quick fix here, but we all have a reasonable expectation that steps will be taken quickly to move eastern Wake’s schools back to par relative to other schools in the county.

It’s just not asking too much. Is it?

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