Now the Jamerson parents are mad
Oh boy. Another day. Another uprising over Pinellas' proposed new student assignment plan.
This time it's over the school board's directive during Monday's workshop to end the unwritten policy of allowing Jamerson Elementary students to get feeder pattern priority preference into Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School.
Jamerson parents are steamed - they say they were blindsided - and emails are flying to rally the troops in time for Tuesday's board meeting.
"When we took a seat in the school, we were told we feed into Thurgood Marshall," Jamerson parent Tammy Kaplan told The Gradebook. "If you're told this is where you're being tracked, and then they take that away, that's unfair."
The practice was added to the Nov. 29 draft of the application programs handbook, which is where the changes in Julie Janssen's student assignment plan will take root. But at the workshop, several board members objected.
"I don't understand why we're making this exception," Lerner said. "I want that out."
Told by Janssen that Jamerson parents had been promised priority preference several years ago, Clark said, "It wasn't a promise from the board as far as I know. We're within our rights to say no to this."