Student Assignment Policy Forum

By: Laura Gibbs
By: Laura Gibbs

A handful of parents turned out Tuesday night looking for an explanation as to why the district wants to change school choice. Only about 30 people were in the audience which left many questioning why such low attendance. Some say there has been such a lack of publicity about the issue. This is the first of four forums to discuss the student assignment policy. Parents questioned why they can't see a map with the exact zones. It was explained that the concept of Zoned Schools still won't secure that your child will stay in the neighborhood. The question "why" seemed to dominate the discussion. Parents fear that the district will revert back to the way it was before the people who care lawsuit.

Dione Baldwin stated, “I just have a question of whether this predictability will lead to racially identifiable school to maintain status quo."

School Board President says, “We always see that there's an across the board kind of response to the different things being suggested. But I think we had some good comments and that's important feedback for the board."

Now getting away from school choice all came about because the district is losing a grant that funds the parent resource center. That's the place that assigns students to schools. High gas prices are also a concern since many students are bused from one side of town clear over to the other side. The next forum will take place this Saturday from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. at Flinn Middle School.


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