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amy

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#24
Apr 24, 2007
 
Jim wrote:
Pinellas Choice is dramatically unfair for families living on the outside edges of the county/district. Children in Oldsmar, Tarpon Springs, Feather Sound, and on the barrier islands are dramatically more likely to have no choice in their school than children living anywhere else in the county. This basic unfairness needs to be recognized and addressed by the Pinellas County School Board
sad thing is the school board spend money to reconstruct both Dunedin and Oak Grove middle schools over the past few years. They own a vacant school in oldsmar, and we can't get a middle school constucted there for our children.
Bonnie Maier

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#25
Apr 24, 2007
 
I think it is ridiculous when a child selects a school near his/her home and that child is not selected to attend that school. Something is drastically wrong with the selection process. The children living closest to the school should have first preference.
Denise

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#26
Apr 24, 2007
 
just a question, what did you use as your appeal, they say an appeal is a procedure flaw, is that what you said? I just sent my appeal via certified return receipt and give them hell...crossing my fingers...this is outrageous, I can't believe it is 2007....and the Andrea spokeswoman, PLEASE, someone OBVIOUSLY doesn't have kids in Pinellas County schools, and if 84% is a "good" number that this choice works, how would she like to board a plane that has an 84% of making it to its destination?
abc wrote:
My daughter didn't get any of her three choices for highschool even though we live within 5 miles of those choices and our neighbor across the street rec'd their first choice. I appealed to the Unity Director and we were assigned to our second choice school by yesterday afternoon. You have to know who to call, pester, email, and what well placed, thinly veiled threat to level.
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#27
Apr 24, 2007
 
It does not seem practical to send a child from his/her natural environment to another one that is distant and inconvenient for all concerned.

I'm wondering if a hidden agenda is lurking in the background that no one in the Pinellas County School Administration wants to address to the parents and chidren that are affected by this policy. Fair play should be fair for all.
Denise

Palm Harbor, FL

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#28
Apr 24, 2007
 
The correct term would be "Pinellas County's Choice" of where the County would like put your child to fulfill their agenda.
Steve Harris wrote:
Choice is a joke. It should be named no Choice.
abc

Saint Petersburg, FL

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#29
Apr 24, 2007
 
Denise wrote:
just a question, what did you use as your appeal, they say an appeal is a procedure flaw, is that what you said? I just sent my appeal via certified return receipt and give them hell...crossing my fingers...this is outrageous, I can't believe it is 2007....and the Andrea spokeswoman, PLEASE, someone OBVIOUSLY doesn't have kids in Pinellas County schools, and if 84% is a "good" number that this choice works, how would she like to board a plane that has an 84% of making it to its destination?
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I map quested all the schools in my zone and then figured out how far away each of them were from my home. All of my choices were within 5 miles of my house (one within 3 miles) I stated that I felt we were not matched to a school (or in my case NOT matched to a school) based on criteria #3 of the choice system - proximity lottery. My neighbor across the street got their first choice - why woulnd't I even get my third? Basically after professional courtsey and sibling preference you should be given first choice to your choice schools based on where you live in some sort of twisted proximity lottery. I also did a lot of other things like pester everyone under creation in order to get recognized and dealt with. Basically I was shameless in making sure everyone involved with Choice knew I was unahppy. If I were you I wouldn't stop at the registered letter - I would call and email and call and email etc.
Elaine Somoza

Oldsmar, FL

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#30
Apr 24, 2007
 
The school choice system is flawed regardless if 84% of the applicants receive their choice. What about the remaining 16% who may be sent to schools far away from home?

The current system should be studied by an independent committee consisting of not just educators and parents, but also legislators from the local, county and state level, as well as others involved in the community (ie clergy, business-owners, etc.).
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#31
Apr 24, 2007
 
I THINK WE SHOULD GO BACK TO ZONING INSTEAD OF CHOOSING WHICH SCHOOLS OUR CHILDREN ATTEND.
MARIA

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#32
Apr 24, 2007
 
A school is just a school. I was raised in the military system. We had to adjust being moved around almost every year my father was in service. My brother and I had excellent grades. My parents were involved every step of the way that we were in school. If you ask me, they were too involved. We had fun meeting new kids from all over the world even when we were in Germany a total different language. Parent now-a-days want to make life easier for their children but life is not easy. Children have to learn to adjust and this is a good way to do it. Give children credit, they will learn to adjust and make new and sometimes better friends. I did and there are hundreds of military children that do so every year or if they are lucky every two to three years. Have fun kids and introduce your new friends to your old friends and have a blast.
abc

Saint Petersburg, FL

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#33
Apr 25, 2007
 
MARIA wrote:
A school is just a school. I was raised in the military system. We had to adjust being moved around almost every year my father was in service. My brother and I had excellent grades. My parents were involved every step of the way that we were in school. If you ask me, they were too involved. We had fun meeting new kids from all over the world even when we were in Germany a total different language. Parent now-a-days want to make life easier for their children but life is not easy. Children have to learn to adjust and this is a good way to do it. Give children credit, they will learn to adjust and make new and sometimes better friends. I did and there are hundreds of military children that do so every year or if they are lucky every two to three years. Have fun kids and introduce your new friends to your old friends and have a blast.
That may have worked for your military family but what about people who live, work and have all their community needs (Dr., Dentist, after school activities) in one part of the county and their child is attending a school at the other part. A good portion of that childs day will be spent on the bus. High school students will be standing on the side of the road at 5:30 a.m. to catch the bus in order to make it to school by the 7:05 bell. If that child is sick during the school day the parent has to drive across the county to pick that child up. It makes the childs ability to be a part of school clubs or sports teams next to impossible because of the distance between the home and the school. Never mind teacher/parent conferences, being able to be a member of and attend PTA meetings or volunteer at the school. Children need to attend school in their community - near the people in their neighborhood, near their home and at a place that makes it possible for the whole family to be involved in the school activities. I agree it's good for children to get new experiences and become used to change but bussing children away from their lives is not the way to do it.
clc

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#36
Apr 27, 2007
 
Mr Chuck S of St Pete wrote:
Parents SHOULD THINK AND SAY school choice is a choice - it's called "HOME SCHOOLING" - and close down all Public schools - sell off that land, use that money to help out with other thing's for us - and support voucher's also for Private and Tech schools as a side kicker. Than say - to heck with the School Board and their AFL-CIO Teacher's Union for good.
homeschooling is not for everyone... I have seen it work and seen it fail. I am an advocate for it if a parent has knowledge, will and finances to do it. If they don't, it messes the kids up. there are too many messed up parents. let's at least have a chance to straighten out some of the kids...
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#38
Aug 21, 2007
 
I NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH CHOICE....

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