I thought I'd suggest a hot topic, or at least one that makes me really hot and not in a good way.
It is the topic of parents using highly coveted public school slots as a holding space for their child until they get into the private school of their dreams. Perhaps you have already covered this, but I'm so steamed as an involved 1st grade parent of an up and coming school with a language immersion program.
We have several such parents coming in and it amazes me that they can sit right next to their fellow preschool/neighbor parents who are wait listed or got a general ed slot instead of their hoped for immersion program. I've heard "...well, what do you really think of so-and-so teacher, and their after school program, (yadayada)? Hmmm, If we could just get the word from Live Oak since they keep asssuring us that we are first on the list...THAT is really our 1st choice."
Worse, are the ones ready to go into an immersion program for ONE OR TWO YEARS, until they can get the better chance of their preferred private school!! This totally eliminates an immersion slot for the entire K-5! Our schools need committed parents...
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Hot topic: Parents who hold out for private schools (while holding onto highly coveted spaces at public schools)
This from a reader: