Portland to re-examine school choice program

Posted June 10, 2011, at 11:52 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland school district is re-examining its school placement program that allows parents to choose which elementary or middle schools their children attend.

District Academic Officer David Galin says that by October, the administration hopes to present a new set of policies for the program to the school board.

Galin says that in the past, as many as 20 percent of students in kindergarten through grade eight took advantage of the out-of-neighborhood placement program. In the just-ending school year that figure fell to 6.1 percent.

The Portland Press Herald says the administration caused the decline by largely blocking out-of-neighborhood placement into some of the most-requested schools because they have reached capacity and officials don’t want to take staffing and resources away from the less-requested schools.

 

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