Watch out, white families who live near popular magnet schools and whose kids test well. Their spots might get taken away at the last minute if not enough poor, low-scoring black and brown kids get in. After several days of frustrating confusion and ambiguity, Board spokesperson Monique Bond finally clarified the whole "gut check" issue:
"The "up to 40%" provision does allow for us to make adjustments. We
could theoretically go below that percentage, but not above. The review
will occur in January and early February before selections are made for
magnet and selective enrollment schools."
This is confirmation of a completely under-publicized provision in the revised magnet acceptance plan that will likely confuse and enrage parents who learn about it. Read below for the back story.
As you may recall, Huberman's team originally proposed to reserve 50
percent of spots at magnet elementary schools for neighborhood kids.
Then the Huberman team brought that down to 40 percent in response to widespread concerns about resegregation.
Little-noted in the revised proposal made and passed on Wednesday -- only Catalyst paid any attention at the time -- was that the revised proposal reads "up to 40 percent" (meaning that the actual percentage could be lower than 40).
There was widespread confusion about the details, however, and Bond has
given confusing statements about how the process would actually work ("Gut Check" Confusion).