What are your goals for student assignment?
I am more personally familiar with CMS Board Policy JCA than any other candidate, and its “guarantee” of neighborhood home schools in proximity to a child’s residence, where my neighborhood has two closer elementary schools, three closer middle schools, and is less than one mile from Providence but bused to East Meck almost nine miles away.
In my four years of advocacy on this issue, I was steeped in the history of student assignment in our County, including the litigation that gave rise to race-based busing, and the litigation that ended it.
The Board’s review must be intentional and inclusive listening to what current K-12 parents want. In my travels around the County, the recurring demand from such parents is for stability in current boundaries, excellent home schools, and geographically and substantively diverse magnet choices. As noted, achievement among all students is soaring; we do not need massive wholesale change. Massive change would not only prompt lawsuits, but now we have unlimited Charters, and even vouchers. As the Observer smartly observed, CMS is competing for students, and budget, every day, and a massive change that might send families running to the doors cannot be the first or best option.