Update – District Student Assignment Plan

You may have seen emails and posts about the District’s newly proposed “Student Assignment Plan.”  Last Friday, the District staff submitted an edited version of this plan to the School Board.  News of the newly edited plan has forced parents to guess about its possible effects on programs such as HCC, Special Education, ELL and more. Some of what is being posted online on blogs, etc., is misinformation.

However, District staff have created confusion with their sudden, recent rewrite of the proposed Student Assignment Plan, which is scheduled for a School Board vote on Wednesday, November 4.

The new plan lacks the specifics of the previous plan. The District suggests these program details have been removed because they change frequently, and will appear in unspecified other documents. What’s missing? Clear language about:

  • Pathways for the Highly Capable Cohort
  • Special Education
  • English Language Learners
  • International Schools
  • Montessori programs
  • K-8 schools and
  • Neighborhood school assignments

Additionally, the language around Grandfathering and Wait Lists is confusing and potentially limits the access our families have to Stevens, especially with our much constricted boundaries.

There has not been community engagement around these changes.

Both in terms of substance and process, the proposal undermines the District’s goals of transparency, accountability and stability. The Stevens PTA recommends that parents and concerned community members email School Board members at schoolboard@seattleschools.org, asking them to delay their vote until the proper time has been taken to vet the plan with stakeholders. Feel free to use any of this message’s content in composing your own email.

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