Public Schools – Ensuring high quality education for all in a fast growing county

WakeUP Wake County believes that every child deserves high quality education and that our economy and community benefit from good schools. The Wake County Public School System is the 18th largest in the nation and largest in North Carolina.

Growth Challenges for Wake County Public Schools: How do we pay for growth?
The Wake County Public School System grows by several thousand students each year. School costs are half the county’s budget. How will we pay for the 33 additional schools needed by 2020?

Achieving Educational Excellence
WakeUP educates the public about the growing need for resources in our public school system, and advocates for increased funding for teacher pay, school operations and school construction. Adequate funding is a critical piece to ensuring our children receive a high-quality education, and WakeUP weighs in every year when Wake County allocates school funding. We also partner closely with Great Schools in Wake, and Public Schools First NC to educate and advocate around education challenges.


“Although we no longer have children in school we are very supportive of the Wake County School System. Our sons received a top notch education in Wake County which prepared them for higher education and productive employment after graduate school. Public education in Wake County is something from which the entire community benefits. Support for quality education should be a must for every taxpayer in Wake County.


As a retired teacher, I am proud of the education system that we have built here in the Wake County Public Schools. School staff in Wake County continue to offer innovative and rigorous preparation for college and careers despite the challenges of tremendous growth. Our school system is strong and is one that provides excellent environments that are partnerships between teachers, families and the community. I am proud to have been a part of that.”

—Barbara Vandenberg

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