Keeping Traditional School Assignments Fair (06-29-06) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Keeping Traditional School Assignments Fair (06-29-06)

Right now, demand for available spaces in Jefferson County's traditional elementary schools far exceeds each year's available supply. So a random lottery system is used to determine who gets in.

Which sounds good -- except when one sibling is chosen while another isn't. In those cases, parents have to deal with their children being in two different schools - meaning different schedules for classes, school buses and PTA meetings.

Yes, it's inconvenient. But thankfully, at a meeting earlier this week, the School Board opted not to change its plan to automatically admit all siblings of any child who gets in.

This past year, such a policy would have gobbled up over 45% of the traditional kindergarten openings -- effectively denying over 150 other students their own chance of winning.

Why should kids from large families enjoy a decided advantage over an "only child" in gaining access to schools that clearly enhance the educational experience?

Parents who can't handle the demands of two different school schedules always have the option of keeping all their kids together in a non-traditional school. But switching to a "one in - all in" system for traditional school admittance flies in the face of fairness.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.

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