At the last Leon County School Board meeting, a parent cited the low school grade of Astoria Park Elementary as an indication of a “low performing” school. She was upset that she could not school choice out of the school she was zoned for.
Following the parents comments, Superintendent Hanna discussed the current LCS school choice policy. The video of his comments are at the end of this report. A summary of the comments are also provided below.
The school choice policy has been controversial since Superintendent made changes to the parameters of the policy after he was elected in 2016. Hanna made policy changes that limited parents choice for schools outside of their zone based on the capacity of the school being requested.
Previously, Superintendent Jackie Pons allowed parents to apply for school choice and addressed capacity issues by adding portable classrooms. Superintendent Hanna addresses this policy in his comments below.
Also, TR has requested information from LCS related to the school choice policy. A report will be completed when the information is received.
Superintendent Hanna’s comments on school choice policy made at the February 24th LCSB meeting.
I’ll speak directly to Gilchrist Elementary….there is a level playing field and that’s why we went to this lottery system
I’ve been uninvited to Christmas parties of family members of mine, I can’t go to Easter at one cousin’s house because the answer to Gilchrist and to Leon and to Chiles and our overcrowded schools has been the same no matter what your position was.
There is a lottery system that is fair and equitable for every person in this district to apply for. For our schools that are under capacity….there’s no lottery you know you can automatically gain entry into those schools.
The lottery system is for schools like this that we continuously put more portables up build new wings. You can’t have an elementary school with 2,000 children you just can’t.
But I can assure you that the system we have in place now is fair and equitable to every resident in every citizen and every family and in Leon County.
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