School board members voted 5-1 on Thursday to suspend the district's magnet school policy for the 2010-11 school year to give elementary parents more schools to send their children to under the No Child Left Behind Act.
The decision, which does not impact magnet middle schools, comes a day after DPS' Adequate Yearly Progress scores show that only 9 out of 29 elementary schools met their AYP goals.
Board member Natalie Beyer, who felt the suspension is being rushed and wanted public input, voted against the measure. Leigh Boardley was not present.
“If we don’t move with swiftness, we don’t allow parents the opportunity to move their children," Board Chairwoman Minnie Forte-Brown said. "They would have to move to schools that are already overcrowded and that wouldn’t work. This is not something we’re trying to keep forever.”
Parents from 18 elementary schools that did not meet AYP now have the option to send their children to Burton, Lakewood or Fayetteville Street elementary. Students from the opt out schools will receive a letter and a form from the district about their options. Children can also transfer to Little River or Magnum elementary if they already have siblings at those schools.
Parents have between Aug. 2-19 to notify the district if they intend to transfer their child. Forms can also be picked up at either of the 18 schools.
Below is the list of schools parents can opt out of:
Bethesda, Club, Eastway, Eno Valley, Forrest View, Glenn, Hillandale, Holt, Hope Valley, Merrick-Moore, Oak Grove, Parkwood, W.G. Pearson, E.K. Powe, Y.E. Smith, Southwest, Spaulding and Watts.