Despite media reports that make the New Student Assignment Plan sound like a completed project, it is, in fact, a work in progress. After adopting a framework and then a new policy, the District applies annual patches and technical revisions to the Plan at least annually. These annual "transition plan" adoptions make both small and large changes to the basic framework and implementation of the plan. Last year's transition plan, for example, dramatically altered the transportation standards, added APP IB at Ingraham, changed the rules for siblings, created attendance areas for Rainier View and Viewlands, adjusted the boundaries for southend high schools, and more.
In addition, the annual Program Placement decisions are folded into this document in a way that precludes any discussion of Program Placement decisions.
There will be an annual transition plan for the coming year as well. This plan will be adopted soon - probably by February - and will include a whole lot of stuff that very few people have yet to hear anything about.
There is a flurry of proposals out there. None of them have been settled on. Let me stress that.
NO DECISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE YET.
This is, however, the time to propose ideas and to offer comments on ideas - BEFORE DECISIONS ARE MADE. There are a number of steps that people can take.
Make a Program Placement Proposal
The Program Placement Policy, C56.00, allows anyone to make program placement proposals. Send you program placement proposals to Dr. Enfield at her email address. I sent in twelve of them. There is no Program Placement Proposal form this year. I used a saved version of last year's form. In the absence of a form, simply do your best to describe your proposal. Be sure to make it crystal clear that you are submitting a program placement proposal. Include those words "Program Placement Proposal" in the subject line of your email. Also, please report it here. I ask you do these things because I will submit a public records request for a copy of every program placement proposal submitted and I want to make sure that they include them all.
Submit an idea to the FACMAC.
Send your idea to the FACMAC in an email addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go to this web page for more information on FACMAC, meeting minutes, background information on capacity issues, and more.
Comment on some of the ideas now in the flurry of ideas.
Now, don't anyone fly off the handle. None of these ideas has been decided. That said, once they are decided they will be very hard to change. So I believe this is the time to offer your input - pro or con.
I will list some of the issues here, but they each really deserve their own thread, so I will make a thread for each of them.
Issue #1: The urgent need for additional middle school capacity in the north-end.
Issue #2: The urgent need for additional elementary capacity in West Seattle.
Issue #3: The urgent need for elementary APP space in the north-end.
Issue #4: The urgent need for additional elementary capacity in the northeast.