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Letter: Parents Left Out In Magnet Rule Change

The PTA president at Cromwell Valley says the rule change was a poor decision.

Unless the Baltimore County Board of Education reverses itself, as of the 2015-16 school year, siblings of elementary magnet school children will not be automatically admitted to the school with their older brother or sister.

The revised rule (as of Apr. 7) states that "kindergarten priority placements will no longer be granted beginning with the 2015-2016 school year" (see Article VI.A.1).

This means, if you have a child at a magnet school and your younger child is not admitted via random lottery, you will be forced to either take your older child out of the school they've attended in previous years or send your elementary age children to two separate schools.

Information regarding consideration of the repeal should have been disseminated, prior to the decision, to all school communities potentially affected by it. This situation is another example of the school system making important policy changes without ensuring that proper communication, consideration of various perspectives, and deliberation have occurred.

Tom Irwin Jr.
PTA President-elect

Towson, MD

Lily June 08, 2012 at 07:26 PM
You sound like a parrot. Other than that statement can you back up your opinion with anything remotely like a reason that is based on anything besides your geographical elitism and sense that anything within your reach should be yours? What you are suggesting is never going to happen.
April June 08, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Expanding the magnet program seems to be a logical conclusion based on how successful it has been. Fighting over "who" Cromwell belongs to really sounds like a preschool student throwing a tantrum because the barbies in the toy bin belong to her. Magnet schools are community property because all of Baltimore County is paying for them.
Lily June 08, 2012 at 08:28 PM
... it's worse than that. She doesn't want the "barbies" she wants the "bin" unfortunately the "bin" just so happens to be bolted to the floor of a house that doesn't belong to her. We're even building her new "bins" but she doesn't want to wait for construction. She would rather just take someone else's "bin" and throw away the "barbies" that actually belong to many different people as well. Unfortunately she doesn't understand that this "bin" is actually a complex network of "bins" which provide more than just "barbies" and undermining this "bin" would undermine the whole network. Patience is a virtue my dear. Actually though at this point I think she just want's to win the argument. Having lost through reason she hopes to win through stomping because we've provided for her every objection and she's completely unreasonable. I submit that even if there where no overcrowding she would still object to CVE and the magnet program because some people just don't really like diversity all that much, particularly if it's in their own backyard.
Amy June 08, 2012 at 09:39 PM
PTA Mom- Reason doesn't work with everyone. I agree with you and I'm sure that the vast majority of the County does too. I think our work here is done, since the discussion has been reduced to nonsense.
Tyler Waldman June 13, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Hey everyone, We just posted a follow-up on this issue: http://towson.patch.com/articles/marks-asks-school-system-to-revisit-magnet-rule-change

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