That’s a proposal the school board’s Special Committee on Admissions, Attendance and Boundaries is considering Friday morning. The committee meets at 7:30 a.m. in the school district building to discuss — and possibly adopt — new enrollment priorities for the school system.
The current policy gives first dibs to “neighborhood” children. Kids who live in other areas of the city, but whose brothers and sisters go to the school they also want to attend, come next.
This new policy would essentially flip-flop the sibling and neighborhood advantage, giving all kids with brothers and sisters at a school — regardless where their families live — top priority, before children who live near the school but who don’t have older siblings enrolled there.
Kids who don’t get into their neighborhood school would be third in line — behind the sibling and neighborhood groups — to attend another one in their local school’s “megaboundary,” a new concept for OUSD. (Each school would have a unique megaboundary list, which you can find through the above link.)
Any seats left, under this scenario, would go to children who would otherwise attend low-performing (Program Improvement) schools, followed by everyone else in a random lottery.
In drafting this proposal, staff took into account the comments made in a series of community forums — some which were better attended than others. Here are some different scenarios which have been considered, in addition to this one, Scenario D.
Obviously, when there are more interested families than seats, no policy can please everyone. But what do you make of this one?
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