So from a previous thread I saw a number of posts I wanted to address so we can suss out this sibling thing.
(Although we do need to have a discussion about charter schools. Suffice to say, charters have no real definable qualities except that someone starts them using a school district's money. Every state has totally different rules on how they run, how they can be closed, how many can be open, etc. So to say you get more autonomy from charters could be true or might be false. We don't have a law here in Washington State so you have to figure it out from the other 42 states that do.)
Siblings. Let's see if we can agree on a few things.
If there is to be an implementation period, maybe make it a real period of time so that people can adjust. Grandfather in siblings for two years. AND THAT'S IT.
Look folks, this could go on forever. Some families have more than one sibling or some people now have a kindergartener and a baby. So that means in 4 years we still are allowing a sibling in? How long can we reasonably expect this to go on given the transportation costs and the almost universal cry for predictability?
We will definitely need a transition period and the district needs it in order to figure out how to accomplish that "we'll put sibs together at whatever your attendance school is" promise if there isn't room in the upper grades. But we cannot drag this out forever. It's a new plan and a final break from the old has to happen sometime.
The priority for students from closed schools was for one year only. It doesn't compare to the sibling situation.
I still think that because option schools are well, optional and a choice (as opposed to an attendance school which is in your neighborhood and therefore costs the district less in transportation), that the sibling preference shouldn't apply. Everyone should get the same choice. Some on the Board were trying to make the sibling preference in option schools sound good but really it is a "push" for families already in the school. Once siblings get in, the "option" for other families to even get in is greatly reduced.
My two cents. Alternatives? Ideas?