If you’re a parent and have more than one child going into special school programs, you may want to read this.
Currently, if a child is enrolled in a county specialty program— such as French immersion, biotechnology, talented and gifted, visual, creative and performing arts and Montessori and charter schools — their younger siblings are generally allowed to enter the program if space is available, giving them an advantage over others who have to enter a lottery for a limited number of seats in the programs.
That is probably going to change..
“While this is convenience for some families in the current process, it also results in a lack of access for others,” Superintendent William Hite Jr. said at the Nov. 12 school board meeting. Hite has proposed barring preferential treatment “on the basis of gender, race, national identity, family or sibling identity” for students enrolling in specialty programs.