Mountain View Voice : Parents cry foul on enrollment
Parents cry foul on enrollment
MV Whisman uses lottery to decide who gets into schools and programs
by Casey Weiss
It may be up to Lady Luck this year whether some incoming kindergarteners get into their neighborhood schools or special choice programs.
The Mountain View Whisman Elementary School District is enacting an enrollment lottery for the first time as families prepare to register with the district in February. The change in policy comes after the student population suddenly grew, reaching numbers not expected until 2011. Administrators said the lottery will give each family the fairest chance of getting into their preferred schools and programs.
Last year, parents camped outside the district office the night before open enrollment started to reserve a place for their students in a specific program or school. Totter said this year will be different, and anyone who signs up during the open enrollment period for 2009-10, from Feb. 2 to Feb. 27, has the same chances.
Mountain View continues to lead in innovation. First, it had parents camp outside overnight to enroll their kids – following the innovative lead of Apple and its iPhone lines. Now! A lottery!
Amazing! What will Mountain View think of next!