UPDATE 4/1: Parents Group Sues Over Boundary Shift
News about the suit, which was filed Friday, is in today's Metro section.
The challenges that face the board after the controversial decision is the subject of this article from yesterday's Metro section.
According to this article in today's Washington Post, parents are questioning the enrollment projections on which schools officials are basing the plans to redraw the boundaries.
A report from last night's public meeting about the boundary shift is in today's Metro section.
From today's Metro section:
Some Fairfax County School Board members discussed this week whether South Lakes High School could be transformed into a magnet school in an effort to minimize controversy over a proposal to reshape school attendance zones in the western part of the county.
The idea surfaced Monday at a board-staff work session as a possible way to draw more students voluntarily to the underused South Lakes campus in Reston rather than redraw boundaries of five high schools.
Board member James L. Raney (At Large), elected in November with the endorsement of a group that opposes new boundaries, floated the idea. "What we need to help sell South Lakes is a vision for what South Lakes High School will become," Raney said.
Thousands of people attended meetings in November and December to protest the school system's efforts to balance populations at schools in western Fairfax. Many parents said they are reluctant to send their children to South Lakes, which has a higher poverty rate and lower test scores than its neighbors.
School system officials said Monday that creating a magnet program would be very costly, would not serve the needs of all South Lakes students and could not be relied on to reduce crowding at nearby Westfield and Chantilly high schools. Public hearings on the boundary issue are scheduled for Jan. 30, Jan. 31 and Feb. 9.
-- Michael Alison Chandler
Last night's school boundary change meeting at Oakton high school had about half the number of attendees of previous meetings. Read about that and what went on at the meeting in this article from today's Metro section.
Another article on the proposed school boundary changes and the parents who oppose the various propositions is in today's Metro section.
According to this article from this morning's Metro section, more than 2,000 parents showed up at Westfield High School last night to share their opinions about the various proposals for redrawing attendance boundaries for many schools in the western part of the county. None of the plans presented by the school system seemed to escape criticism.
Originally posted 11/19
According to this article from yesterday's Metro section, as many as a quarter of the county's high schools could be affected in the process which began with a meeting last week at Chantilly High School. The School Board is seeking to address the problem of over enrollment at some of the schools in the western part of the county and underenrollment at others.