Document Number: 5179Quality Matters 2004: A Wake Community Review of the Public’s Schools - The School Finance Committee, a gathering of civic, business and community leaders in Wake County, North Carolina, has assembled this collection of facts and statistics about the district’s financial stewardship and “return on investment”. The document examines: (1) the district’s revenues and expenditures; (2) the district’s disaggregated reading and math test scores in the 2002-03 school year; (3) the district’s progress towards its ambitious Goal 2003 and Goal 2008 student achievement objectives; and (4) the district’s English as a Second Language program, student college preparation efforts, and teacher quality indicators and recruitment/retention strategies. According to the authors, “Wake County and its municipalities have been the proud recipients of a host of accolades” from such publications as Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine and Money Magazine, including recognition as “#1 Best City for Education” from the 2003 edition of the Places Rated Almanac. Read this report to find out what Wake County is doing right. (The School Finance Committee, April 2004)...