Speaking of the Pinellas assignment plan
A committee of educators and community leaders plans to present five recommendations today to the Pinellas County School Board concerning the district’s proposed student assignment plan.
The District Monitoring and Advisory Committee will push for a delay of the plan, which appears on today’s School Board agenda, until the following recommendations can be included:
- The district should comply with the general principles outlined in an amended court order dated Aug. 30, 1999, and a stipulation agreement of Dec. 17, 1999, in offering a plan based on parental choice rather than geographical assignment.
- The new plan must include equitable funding to schools with economically and educationally disadvantaged students.
- The district should consider a parent’s workplace address in addition to the home address in defining proximity.
- Fundamental and magnet schools should be open to students countywide. Up to 50 percent of available seats in these programs should be reserved for students living close to the school who apply and qualify for the programs.
- The district will create an aggressive marketing campaign to inform economically and educationally disadvantaged populations of special programs.
- Donna Winchester, Pinellas education reporter