February 29, 2024

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Guilford’s ‘school choice zones’ would take the home location out of education

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Guilford’s ‘school choice zones’ would take the home location out of education

GREENSBORO — A sequence of coverage revisions getting viewed as by the Guilford County Board of Education and learning could pave the way for the institution of “school choice zones” in the district.

Underneath the proposal, there is no automatic “home” university to which a university student is assigned. As an alternative, all moms and dads in a zone should decide on their desired school possibilities via an application system. College students dwelling in the zone get precedence to attend nearby colleges.

It’s unclear when these zones could be set up a Guilford County Educational institutions spokeswoman stated the district does not have a timeline suitable now. These procedures would lay the groundwork need to the board later vote to generate a choice zone or zones.

When district directors and their consultants offered a facilities master system to the faculty board a number of yrs in the past, they shared suggestions for making two such zones — one particular in the Smith Higher University place in Greensboro and the other in the Andrews Higher University spot in Large Issue.

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Educational facilities inside of these zones would all have one of a kind themes, plans or educational approaches, which family members could choose concerning.

Talking in 2021, then-Superintendent Sharon Contreras stated the Smith and Andrews High locations have the most requests for university decision amid the significant college feeder areas.

All those regions, she stated, also have some of the greatest concentrations of poverty and biggest levels of racial isolation.

“Part of our equity get the job done is to make confident that does not transpire,” she claimed.

Her administration, she claimed then, had been exploring, scheduling and chatting with community moms and dads and educators for yrs to figure out what selection courses would greatest serve learners and be desirable to families across the district.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Faculties has its have model of college decision zones that it employs districtwide, wherever family members pick from between universities in their zone, nevertheless it’s not entirely distinct how related or unique that technique is to what might be enacted in Guilford County.

Brent Campbell, the spokesman for that district, claimed every university student has a default residency-centered “home” faculty that they would attend if their other choices weren’t offered.

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