Board of Education Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Revisions to Student Transfer Policy
On December 13, 2016, the Board of Education tentatively approved changes to Board Policy JEE, Student Transfers. This policy sets the standard under which Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students may be granted a transfer, referred to as Change of School Assignment (COSA), to attend a school other than their home school or the school assigned to them under their Individualized Education Program (IEP).
In addition to a series of revisions to streamline and update the policy, the major focus of these changes is to address the criteria for students who have an older sibling currently enrolled in a language immersion program to attend the immersion program. These revisions 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 the extensive community feedback solicited as part of the study.
Specifically, the revisions would establish a weighted lottery for immersion programs that would include as factors: (a) students who have an older sibling who is currently enrolled in a language immersion program and will continue to be enrolled in the year the younger sibling seeks to enroll; (b) socio-economic status and poverty; and, (c) other factors as identified by the superintendent of schools, such as, in specific circumstances, a catchment area. The revised lottery would apply to students seeking to enroll in these programs for the 2018-2019 school year. All families enrolled in 2017-2018 would be grandfathered* into the program under the previous lottery admissions process.
*Any child who has an older sibling who will be enrolled in a language immersion program during the 2017-2018 school year and has an older sibling who will continue to be enrolled the year the younger sibling seeks to enroll, may enroll in the language immersion program without the necessity of participating in the lottery conducted for admission into that program.
The draft of Policy JEE is available for public comment until Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. Please submit your comments here.