Craven county has allowed "school of choice" for year-round education for years. In letters dated 13 May 2013, but not postmarked until 12 June (3 weeks before the beginning of the year-round school year), parents were advised that their children were required to attend their "home" schools. This policy was not adopted until 16 May, 2013. We believe that continuity, especially in a military community, is essential to a child's academic success. The short notice allowed parents little time to implement, much less complete the appeals process. The BOE cites overcrowding, yet the school in question has seven empty classrooms. The schools that are being forced upon students already established in year-round education programs have significantly lower state-testing scores. We have asked that students already established in schools be allowed to continue in their schools. However, in the "final" appeal process yesterday, the compromises of the parents were disregarded. We ask that children who are well-established at schools be allowed to continue at their school of choice. Some children in certain grades were grandfathered and their siblings were not... The BOE is making them attend two different elementary schools on separate ends of town. Furthermore, End-of-grade testing is beginning for third graders this school year. Adjusting to a new learning environment could prove detrimental to those students' end-of-grade test scores.
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