I swear, this post is not about Program Placement, but a lot of folks will think that it is.
The District staff is making a new distinction, between things that are programs and services and schools that have a distinctive "curricular focus". All of the things that they will recognize as programs and services exist to address student academic needs. They are pretty much limited to special education, bilingual education, and advanced learning. Nothing else - including a lot of stuff that you might think are programs - is a program.
Language immersion? Not a program. Montessori? Not a program. Same for alternative schools, STEM schools, and international schools. None of these are programs. They are each, instead, a curricular focus.
So what? So this: since they are not programs, they will not be governed by the proposed policy 2020, Equitable Access to Programs and Services. In other words, the District won't be under any obligation to provide equitable access to any type of "curricular focus". This means that the next three schools to get language immersion programs can be B.F. Day, West Woodland, and Laurelhurst. Sure, all of them are in the Hamilton Service Area, but that's not a problem because the district has made no commitment to have language immersion be equitably accessible. In fact, the geographic distribution of schools with a specific curricular focus will be completely un-governed by policy or the Board.
Also, since they are not programs, the superintendent isn't under any obligation to provide transparency in how their locations are determined. The process does not have to be open, honest, or fair.
The Board does not appear to have clued into this. When discussing the proposed Policy 2020 at the July 3 Board meeting, Director Carr used the example of a language immersion program. She apparently didn't realize that language immersion is not a program and would not be governed by Policy 2020.