It is not choice or neighborhood schools that determines academic excellence

The Rockford Register Star’s editorial board was evenly split in Tuesday’s Insight section – Our Views on “Student assignment: Choice vs. Zones.” The proponents of choice stated: Excerpts from Tuesday’s Our Views: The modified choice plan, put in place when Rockford regained local school  control after a decade-long desegregation lawsuit, is the best chance to continue academic gains in the elementary schools and give students in all schools the best chance at success. Please accept a challenge and prove...

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There’s no time like the present to vote on RSD205 student assignment

Headlines in Sunday’s Rockford Register Star aroused readers better than the aroma of their brewing morning coffee,” Zones or Choice? Too close to call,” with “Assignment vote won’t end debate” both Print Exclusives and the ever popular, “Some fear switch in school assignment may prompt lawsuit.” A subheadline read, “A switch to zones would benefit business, but choice supporters say it’s bad for the west-side.” Former school board member Mike Williams said that a strong enough...

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Revealing reports of open house and parent surveys on student assignment

Today’s Rockford Register Star articles accurately summarize the data compiled during the numerous surveys taken by the Focus groups, open houses and the parents, concerning the future of the elementary student assignment process, including an exclusive average of all the surveys, that conclusively resolves the survey results. The first article was, “Rockford’s zone school plan getting the most support from the community,” and the second was in A Seat at the Table blog. Both showed that well over 60% of respondents...

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Community clearly supports zone plan, but choice advocates try new option

After having taped and watched the entire Rockford School Board meeting last night; after downloading the “Open House Preliminary Report” presented at that meeting from the district’s website; and after re-evaluating the data in that report – any conclusion that the data suggests a ‘split’ in the community between attendance zones and choice, or that the report shows that both student assignment methods have equal support, simply do not reflect the data in the report. Excerpts with emphasis added: ROCKFORD...

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How many parents currently choose their ‘neighborhood’ school?

Doug Gass posted on A Seat at the Table , that Rockford School District data shows that parents don’t choose neighborhood schools when given the choice, and that 60% of the applications chose schools outside their attendance area. Excerpt:  If being able to send your child to the Rockford elementary school closest to home was the most important priority for parents, you’d think that everyone who now has the chance to pick — that’s pretty much kindergarten parents — would make the neighborhood school their No 1. choice. That’s not what...

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