January 10, 2017
The Board of Education is seeking public comments on tentative changes to Policy JEE, Student Transfers. This policy outlines when students may be granted a transfer to attend a school other than their home or assigned school.
Among the revisions to the policy is an update to the lottery system for enrollment in language immersion programs. The revised lottery would apply to students seeking to enroll in these programs for the 2018-2019 school year. This change would not impact families with students enrolled in the immersion program during the 2017-2018 school year.
The Board of Education tentatively approved the aforementioned changes at its meeting on December 13, 2016.
These revisions to the immersion program lottery are part of a comprehensive review of Special, Choice, and Signature Programs in MCPS. This review, commissioned by the Board in January 2015, and conducted by Metis Associates, resulted in a report entitled MCPS Study of Choice and Special Academic Programs (known as the Choice Study). The options were discussed by the Board Policy Management Committee and benefited from extensive community feedback solicited as part of the study.
Policy JEE is available for public comment until Feb. 3.
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