I would like to ask Enrollment a couple of questions.
- What percentage of SPS enrollment goes to neighborhood schools?
- What percentage of SPS enrollment stays in their region?
- What percentage of SPS Special Ed has to be bused out of their region for services?
- What percentage of Option School students are from the region the school sits in?
- As the only all-city draw, where do the students at Cleveland come from? Are they all on Metro?
Are we really running that many kids all over town?
Now some questions to you (I am NOT advocating these; I'm playing devil's advocate):
- Should busing be a core district function?
- Should parents at Option schools be responsible for their child's transportation given they made the choice not to be at their neighborhood school (this only applies to people outside the Geozone)? I can hear the argument coming that if parents at Option schools had to provide the transportation, only better-off parents (or two-adult families) could provide that transportation, thereby cutting off lower-income students. Is that the only reason?
- What would you give up in busing for better bell times?
- Should both Spectrum and APP students be provided bus service?
- If you work outside the home, how do you manage pick-up and drop-off?
- What time do you normally get home from work? Eat dinner? Get the kids to bed? I ask these because honestly, I don't think most people can get home and have dinner by 6 p.m., have some time with their children (even if just to do homework) and then get them to bed by 8 p.m. to get them up by 6 am.