Wake County wants to operate 2 Raleigh schools like charters

Two Southeast Raleigh elementary schools could operate more like charter schools this fall in an effort to improve how their students perform.

A new state Board of Education policy lets school systems request permission for some struggling schools to have the same exemptions from state rules and regulations as charter schools. The Wake County school board gave permission last week for staff to request charter-like flexibility for Barwell Road and Walnut Creek elementary schools for the 2016-17 school year.

If the state board approves the request, Barwell and Walnut Creek could see changes such as more days in the school calendar. Wake may also be able to change the way it staffs both schools, including how teachers are paid.


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