District hopes to streamline Schools of Choice process

By Anna Carrera

Published 11/04 2013 04:43PM

Updated 11/04 2013 06:47PM

CHAMPAIGN -- School leaders are trying to make it easier for parents to pick their kids' school. There's already a lot to consider when deciding on a "School of Choice;" when classes start and stop, balanced calendars and magnet schools, among other things.

Unit 4 leaders are trying to streamline a few things. The biggest change would be to level the playing field when it comes to proximity.

Right now, if you're more than a mile-and-a-half away from a school, the district doesn't put as much weight into which one is closest. Now, the district would put greater emphasis on getting families into the school which is closest if they want.

Also, parents would get to rank all eleven schools instead of just five. Plus, the registration window would open from one month to three, or January to March.

Picking elementary schools affects students for most of their young lives, since each elementary school usually feeds into a specific middle school.

The assistant superintendent says many of these ideas have come from parents and families in the district. The school board plans to look at the recommendations at a meeting later this month. If approved, they would go into effect right away.

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