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    Where is everyone today? We need a nice firey debate to keep everyone interested.

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    This site is broken on Firefox again -- I can't get to the debate board at all unless I use Chrome, which I don't use much.

    Very frustrating!
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    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    This site is broken on Firefox again -- I can't get to the debate board at all unless I use Chrome, which I don't use much.

    Very frustrating!
    That stinks!

    ~Bonita~

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    It's acting up on Chrome now, too! I actually switched to Firefox tonight, and it's working. Weird.

    We got our school assignment and Weston will be attending the same school as Tiven. I figured he would, since he has sibling priority, but you never know until you hear for sure. We were talking about school assignments at soccer practice tonight. One set of parents put down 70 schools on their list and didn't get a single one; another set put down only one school, and got it. Of course the parents who put down 70 schools put all the supposed "top" schools at the top of their list along with everyone else & their brother, so by the time they got bumped down to the ones they really had a chance at, their neighborhood schools, those were full with the people who listed them first & second. Oh well, they got into a fine school, and with them being in the same neighborhood as this school, I told them I'm surprised they didn't have it on their list to begin with. She said they didn't have time to tour it. Does that mean they toured all the 70 they had on their list? If so, why not tour your local schools? And people move to the suburbs because they think the public schools are too much of a hassle. I took Weston up to the school after preschool today to register him. The principal came out & talked with him a bit, and Weston was so excited and asked if he gets to start today. I said no, in August, after your birthday, and he said, "How about on Monday?"
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    Congrats on the school. Where do you live that there's a system like that? It sounds crazy! It's so much simpler here and there's no applying. They go to our local elementary school (although sometimes kids transfer to another local one if necessary) and that's that. We love our school. I can't believe Nathaniel finishes 5th grade this year, graduates, and then starts middle school in September. CRAZY.
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    Man, I forgot about this place. How has everyone been?

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    I'm in San Francisco, and there simply aren't enough spaces in many elementary schools in many neighborhoods. There are many reasons for this: lack of available property to build new schools; population shifts to more desirable and less expensive neighborhoods; construction of multi-family apartments on formerly single family home lots; forced closure of schools that couldn't be earthquake retro-fitted, etc. There would also be a big problem with diversity at most schools if they were all strictly neighborhood schools, which violates state law. So to deal with those two things, there is a school assignment procedure where younger siblings of current students get automatic priority, then any remaining spaces go to others who have requested that school. If there are more people who requested a school than spaces available, then there is a set of "tie-breakers" applied; if there are still too many, there is a lottery. If you don't get into a school you want, then you can wait list *one* of the schools on your list to see if a spot opens up; this is why some people put more schools on their first list. We used to have the same system for middle schools, but now they started a feeder system where every elementary school feeds into a particular middle school. The high schools are mostly open enrollment, you can pretty much go anywhere you're willing to go, but you have to test into School of the Arts and Lowell.

    I took Friday off and Weston & I had a nice nap together. So sweet!
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    Very complicated, but if it works out well for your family, that's all that matters.

    Do people drive & bus to all those schools? Are they far away?
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    In GA (we live right on the line), you can go to any school in the State as long as you are willing to drive your child there and the school has room. Buses only run to your local school. I believe a child that lives in the district has preference over a child that does not.

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    Having schools we like within walking distance was a big priority for us when we moved here. We got lucky. There are 4 elementary schools (two pretty close to our house) and then they all feed into a middle school & high school that are still close by. Makes it a lot easier, especially when they are doing after school activities too.
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