Board of Education Takes Final Action on Policy JEE
At its business meeting on March 17, the Board of Education took final action and approved changes to Policy JEE, Student Transfers. This policy sets the standard under which 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). Among the revisions to the policy is an update to the lottery system for enrollment in language immersion programs. The Board has established a weighted lottery for immersion programs that now include factors such as:
- socioeconomic status and poverty;
- students who have an older sibling currently enrolled in a language immersion program and will continue to be enrolled in the year the younger sibling seeks to enroll; and
- other factors as identified by the superintendent of schools
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. A grandfathering provision has been added, which indicates that if a family has a child enrolled in a language immersion program in the 2017–2018 school year, that child’s younger siblings will be able to directly enroll in the same immersion program as long as there is at least one older sibling enrolled the same year as the younger sibling.