There were two items from the Board's discussion of the assignment boundaries that referenced APP and I think it would be best if we tried to contain the discussion of those two items to this thread specifically for discussing those two points and off the main thread discussing the meeting.
First, Director Chow went off - why isn't she gone already? - on how there is no high school APP so why should APP students get assigned to Garfield ahead of neighborhood kids? Here are some fun facts: despite what Director Chow may think, APP DOES continue through high school. The District has always said so, both in its public documents, in its annual reports to the State (which Director Chow has voted to approve four times), and in its annual grant application (which Director Chow has voted to approve four times). Let's not forget that Cheryl Chow was the principal at Garfield for a time. It's no surprise that the program was not well-supported during her administration.
That was bad enough. Worse, however, is that neither CAO Susan Enfield nor Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson would correct Director Chow's misstatement of the facts.
Worse still, when I asked Dr. Enfield why she didn't correct Director Chow, she asked me "Which classes are the APP classes at Garfield?" In fact, Dr. Enfield appears to support the idea that as we near parity for AP and IB classes at all of our high schools there will be no more need for high school APP, which she appears to regard as a fiction.
In the discussion, Director Carr said that as more high schools offer more AP classes, APP students will just naturally choose their neighborhood high schools anyway, without any need for the District to discontinue the pathway to Garfield.
All in all a very disturbing conversation. It shows how little the Board - or even the CAO - knows or understands about APP or Garfield.
Second point. There was some very pointed talk about program placement and it was clearly stated by Dr. Libros that it is imperitive that programs be placed where the students live. I don't understand how the District leadership can continue to spout this line while obstinantly keeping north-end elementary APP at Lowell.