JCPS parent "angry and concerned" over assignment plan

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Posted on May 5, 2009 at 11:51 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 15 at 3:43 PM

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(WHAS11) -This school year isn't even over yet, but already some JCPS parents say that next year has started off on the wrong foot.

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Some are upset over the new and mandated Jefferson County Public School assignment plan.

Many parents received their student assignment letters last week, and WHAS11's Adrianna Hopkins spoke with one parent who wrote back, saying she feels she has no control over her child's education.

"My husband and I just sat there shaking our heads and wondering why," recalls Angela Mulligan. JCPS says her child will start first grade at a new school, and not their home school.

"I'm going to say to him, 'You can't go to school at your same school next year. You're going to have to make some new friends.' We'll work through it and we'll make it happen," says Angela.

And at the thought of disappointing her son, she fired off a two page letter to JCPS, saying she's appalled, angry, and concerned.

Her problem is not the school her son's assigned to-she says it actually scores better than her first choice. But she's upset she may have to disrupt her son's life.

"How resilient do we expect them to be? Yes I expect him to shake it off if he is hurt or stumbles, but when I'm changing the foundation of his life, which is his education right now, that's huge." worries Angela. "I think that kindergarteners that are already solidified in their schools should be allowed to stay in their schools. If removed for any reason, that would be the choice of the parent."

Well, just as fast as she typed her letter, JCPS called her. They sounded hopeful, she says, and told her to come fill out a transfer form and go from there. Angela hopes it works, because she hasn't told her son yet that he could be switching schools.

"Thankfully for him he's a very social child," Angela says. "He likes everyone. But I don't want to force him into that situation."

This student reassignment plan has been a long time coming, but some parents say the guidelines are pretty harsh.

JCPS says for parents who aren't happy with their student's assignment, your next step is to file those transfer papers.

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