We'll see Tuesday just how far the school board is willing to go to make it harder for some families to make it into magnet schools, year-round schools or traditional-calendar schools.
During Tuesday's work session, staff will ask the board "to identify any revisions or additional guidelines" to the magnet/select criteria. Click here for the guidelines that were used last year.
As noted in a previous post, there's been growing complaints from board members that the current magnet selection guidelines aren't strict enough. They say that too many families are leaving base schools that can't afford to lose those kids.
Don't be surprised then if the board asks about reducing the percentage of seats that are randomly filled and/or capping the number of students that could leave each base school.
Also as noted in another previous post, the number of seats that will be available at some popular magnet schools is already being reduced.
Any new changes today could make it unbelievably difficult for magnet applicants to escape schools that are undercapacity and/or have higher than average percentages of low-income students.
Some of these tensions were played out during last month's reassignment work sessions.
For instance, changes at East Millbrook Middle weren't made because they'd leave too many magnet seats open. School board member Lori Millberg, a critic of the current selection criteria, had argued those changes would results in too many magnet applicants leaving East Wake Middle.
The magnet/calendar application period runs through Feb. 28. Click here to apply.