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Old 04-28-2013, 06:39 PM
 
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Hey everyone, I have a question about the schools.
It looks like with the "school community" approach basically you can't be sure what school you will get. So say I moved into a house based on information that it was closest or previously in the school district of a school that was rated highly; now would I risk having the kids sent to any school in the area, where there could be very poorly rated schools? In most places, if your home is in the district of the highly rated school, that's the one you can expect to get. It seems that in this county, even though you can put in your request, there's no guarantee and no recourse afterwards. Is that the case? Can you clarify this for me?
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:18 PM
 
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Hey everyone, I have a question about the schools.
It looks like with the "school community" approach basically you can't be sure what school you will get. So say I moved into a house based on information that it was closest or previously in the school district of a school that was rated highly; now would I risk having the kids sent to any school in the area, where there could be very poorly rated schools? In most places, if your home is in the district of the highly rated school, that's the one you can expect to get. It seems that in this county, even though you can put in your request, there's no guarantee and no recourse afterwards. Is that the case? Can you clarify this for me?
There is no guarantee.
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:55 AM
 
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While they have implemented a "proximity" rule - if you lived within 2 miles you get a better preference, or 5 miles radius, you get a secondary preferance above those who do not, nothing is guaranteed. They do try their best to get the top choice... .ymmv.

Link to School Assignment (formally School Choice) http://studentassignment.leeschools.net/
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:17 PM
 
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There is definitely no guarantee when choosing schools but kids who live within a 2 mile radius typically get first choice.
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:56 PM
 
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I don't get this system... usually you get into a school district by getting into a home that is near the school. This has profound effects on the real estate system in a place. Homes with a good school attached are worth more. How can anyone who seriously cares about education live in this county?!! I mean, what do people do when they get a crap school? I have 3 children and affording private school for all would be a real financial burden, and for kindergarten, really? I cannot be the only person who would find this ridiculous and avoid living in this place. If you are a parent with a child in this system, how are you dealing with this?
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:50 AM
 
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[quote=dendrobium;29818801]I don't get this system... usually you get into a school district by getting into a home that is near the school. This has profound effects on the real estate system in a place. Homes with a good school attached are worth more. How can anyone who seriously cares about education live in this county?!! I mean, what do people do when they get a crap school? I have 3 children and affording private school for all would be a real financial burden, and for kindergarten, really? I cannot be the only person who would find this ridiculous and avoid living in this place. If you are a parent with a child in this system, how are you dealing with this?[/quote]


There is a very large homeschooling community here in Lee County; not only because of the School Choice/Assignment policy, but because the schools in Lee County are second rate.

My children went to public school in Lee County for a couple of a years and then they decided to do the School Choice garbage, we pulled them out and haven't had any regrets doing so.
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:09 PM
 
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Yes, after five weeks of kindergarten for my youngest, we moved out of state. My older kids had attended Mass. and Conn. schools so I knew a good school system when I saw one (although a lot of them are slipping, too) and that one was such a mess. Don't get me wrong. There are good schools in Lee County - Fort Myers High and Cape Coral High are good schools - but ultimately, it is luck of the draw if you get into one.

The School Choice, now called the more-aptly named School Assignment, was a result of court-ordered desegregation, but that ended ten years ago. Why it continues is beyond me. I once thought that they got federal funds because they bus but I've never been able to find evidence of that. One of the horrible things from this is students tend to ride the bus for very long times and are often left to get on the bus when it is still dark. Students become tired and it is very dangerous.
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:40 AM
 
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Just one more quirky Florida thing.
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:54 AM
 
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Just one more quirky Florida thing.
Actually, not all of Florida does this, just Lee County. And there is School Choice in many other systems throughout the country but it actually means the kids and parents get a choice. I'm glad they finally changed the name to School Assignment because that is what it is.
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