According to the district (and they put this in their document three times):
There are only two proposed policy changes:
- Waitlists will now be dissolved on May 31, instead of September 30.
- The distance tiebreaker has been removed, in keeping with the Student Assignment Plan that was approved in 2009.
This document is not at the district webpage (even as the Board will be voting on it this Wednesday.)
- they say there are no proposed changes to programs, services or pathways at this time.
I say the key phrase is "at this time" meaning, the vote. AFTER the vote, watch them go at it. Because if it is true there are no changes, why is the feeder pattern section completely red-lined with nothing explaining the red-lining OR what replaces it?
- they say that there WAS community engagement at meetings earlier this fall "to discuss proposed changes to the Student Assignment Plan (and growth boundaries.) "
But kids, the name of the meetings was "Growth Boundaries," not Student Assignment Plan. They can check their own announcements as I did yesterday.
- no change to grandfathering or "move rules"
The addition of "if available" is a change. Maybe they think two little words don't count as change but yes, that will change a lot. (I'm not sure what they mean by "move rules.")
- the content of these changes has been available since September 17th
I have no idea which "changes" they mean - their waitlist/distance tiebreaker (true) or the red-lined changes (false)?
- the red-lined version was asked for by the Board on Oct. 21 and provided to them on Oct. 28th
So the Board had to ASK for the red-line version and staff just didn't think to provide it before that date? AND, they got it to the Board more than a week AFTER they asked for it? For a vote that was to take place less than a week later?
- The Student Assignment Plan is a policy.
Okay, but it is also the guiding document for parents who wish to enroll their kids in Seattle Schools. If you read the non-red-lined version, you'd see a lot of holes about that would leave most parents scratching their heads.
In the past I said, about Advanced Learning, that you should not have to be a detective to figure it out. That goes double for the Student Assignment Plan.
- They say there are other relevant documents and that "the plan cannot be viewed in isolation."
Agreed, BUT they claimed it was streamlined precisely BECAUSE there were too many documents. Ms. Davies said this at the last Board meeting. So which is it?
No one said the programs and services no longer didn't exist; I said that by editing out all the feeder patterns for some programs, it indicates a change or shift. That should be addressed. Again, the red-lined version could have been written by Steven King and that's bizarre.
As well, what about the issue of choice seats? Gone
What about the issue of empty seats at schools after the waitlist is dissolved? Crickets.
I stand by my contention; Staff is trying to take power from the Board over one of their most important responsibilities. Staff has not made what is probably one of the most important documents that parents read clear and complete.
I contend that the district is trying to gaslight* the Board and parents.
Do not let them.