School Superintendent Carlos Garcia recommended Monday night postponing plans to direct elementary school students to specific middle schools.
A final decision will be made at the end of the month. In the meantime, a series of surveys and meetings have been set up by the SFUSD for the community to voice their opinions. Click here to take a survey.
The feeder system is part of a plan to support diversity, program coherence, cohorts of students moving from elementary to middle school, and proximity, according to a presentation on the SFUSD Web site. The district will continue with the current student placement policy for elementary and high schools.
“Given the mixed reactions we have heard, we acknowledge that postponing the implementation of feeder patterns will be disappointing to some parents and welcome news to others,” Orla O’Keeffe, special assistant to the superintendent, said in the press release.
Garcia announced his views Monday at a Board of Education meeting. He said he wants to postpone the elementary to middle school feeder plan because new school improvement initiatives at middle schools are not fully developed — a redesign of the special education program, implementation of the Lau plan that serves English Learners between elementary and middle schools, and Magnet grants for Horace Mann and Everett.
“We are still committed to enacting the new placement policy in its entirety,” Garcia said. “Next fall we will have even more opportunities for middle school students and their families than those currently available and we’d like to get those in place before we institute the feeder patterns,” he said.
The feeder plan has proven to be controversial. The fact that families may not be able to choose where their children will attend middle school has parents in an uproar and discussions have been taking place on different parent blogs. Claudia Arenas, a second grade mom, said in an e-mail that members of the Buena Vista Parents Yahoo Group are upset because they feel information regarding the new plans has been concealed and unclear.
The next Board of Education meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 555 Franklin St.