Create Smart School Solutions for Arlington Public Schools' Enrollment & Transfer Policies

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Andrew Losos
3 years ago
These changes risk inflicting significant negative consequences on non-immersion schools, however unintentionally. We need better evidence that these changes are needed, and better understanding of the impact they will have on the schools which will be left to take on the excess neighborhood students displaced by converting Key school to countywide immersion.

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Michael Zito
3 years ago
I have seen, as an APS employee of 29 years, a steady erosion of public input into school decisions. The old "Arlington Way" no longer exists where public and staff input are sought. This has been replaced by self selected Survey Monkey populations. The results of such unscientific surveys are used to justify decisions but are never released. Rather we are offered an "interpretation" of such results with no analysis of the sample size or demographics of those participating. Witness the newest principal appointment at Yorktown where a committee was appointed but never met.

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I Don't Agree
3 years ago
Shame. You do yourself and your cause a disservice by taking such a myopic view of APS. There are 23 elementary schools in APS and yet you only think about the 4 that are in your little corner of the county. (And this policy affects secondary schools as well.)

You need to take a comprehensive view and understand how these policy changes will affect all students, not just your own interests.

If you take the time to understand the larger issues and engage with the communities that have been working with staff for a very long time, you will realize that there is no perfect solution. You might also realize that on the whole the pros far outweigh the cons and waiting is not a responsible option.

Please take a larger view. Understand that other schools are far worse off.

ASFS is a treasure and should be protected, but so too are the 22 other elementary schools in APS. And so too are the students that attend the other schools.

Please be responsible and understand the totality of the policy changes and you may be very surprised how different things look.

If we truly want what is best for ALL students, then we must all be willing to accept a share of the impacts for the good of the whole.

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Hilary Silvert Newell
3 years ago
Unpublicised changes to APS school admissions policies that severely restrict access for most Arlington students ate being pushed through the approval without any apparent reason or chance for discussion. It's shameful.

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Neerja Kar
3 years ago
I am a single parent of a 4yr old and 1 yr old. These changes dramatically affect my family.

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Anne O'Brien
3 years ago
All decisions around school boundaries should be made in a transparent manner that considers input and concerns of the community, as well as research on the impact of those changes on what Arlington claims to value (such as diversity, which is not addressed in this petition).

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John McCormick
3 years ago
Because I support my family

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Katharine McCormick
3 years ago
I'm signing because I'm concerned about the potential for overcrowding at ASFS due to these proposed changes and the policy's failure to grandfather current ASFS transfer students and siblings. I'm also concerned about the school board's failure to make changes based on facts and data - what is the anticipated student increase at ASFS and can the school handle that increase? There are already trailers used as classrooms and a small, outdated play structure.

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Chako Morgan
3 years ago
I'm signing as a concerned parent whose children benefit from being part of the Team school system and love attending ASFS. I'd like to know more details regarding grandfathering in existing families prior to a vote.

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N Tayebi
3 years ago
ASFS is a unique program. I am not convinced that the school board has done sufficient analysis to understand the repercussions of what is being proposed. Let's not throw out a jewel of science education in a rush to find spaces for a Spanish immersion.