Thursday, August 5, 2010

For those with kids starting kindergarten in 2011

Details regarding SFUSD's new student assignment system are still fuzzy but little bits of news are starting to leak out. SFUSD should make the proposed attendance areas public on August 18. The board will then accept comments and release a final plan a month later. School tours will start in October, and the enrollment fair is slated for November 13. The application deadline will likely be pushed back to March 2011. Stay tuned for more details...

5 comments:

  1. If the applications are due in March, I wonder when we'll get our school assignment... May? Doesn't leave much time for a round 2 (and 3 and 4...).

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  2. And also makes things tough for parents considering both public and private, as independent/parochial response dates have been in March. More uncertainty will lead to more people holding private spaces even though they may get a public they're happy with in Round 1, and the trickle-down effect of that extra space-holding affects everyone regardless of whether they're applying to private/public or just public.

    That being said, I do think that the earliness of the January deadline adds to the number of families (disproportionately poor and African-American) that miss the deadline. It's easy not to realize you've got to act that quickly, if you're not tapped in to the parent/blog/etc. grapevine.

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  3. March is a disaster. This part makes me more upset than any aspect of the assignment change because I think a lot of us - middle class or not - will look into private (w/aid) due to the budget cuts. Getting a round 1 answer in April or May is a horrible idea.
    I think the issue re: families of color missing the deadline are not as related to the date as they are related to the lack of education and communication efforts that could be made better for those communities.

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  4. WTF. March makes NO sense. We can't afford to lose a private school deposit. Ugh. Every time I think I can handle this, they change something to make it more difficult, aggravating, expensive, cumbersome, and just plain crappy.

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  5. The private schools are going to love this. They are going to get to keep lots of deposits!

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