No penny not all well and good. We are most certainly in the boundary lines for Ballard but SPS has determined that high schoolers will remain in the schools to which they are now assigned. I can apply to the school within the area but I am not guaranteed a place. Because Ballard is so overcrowded right now the chances she might get in are slim to none and we will not know until summer if she has.
The issue for us is not Ballard at all. The problem is Center where she attends right now. In April, (AFTER THE ENROLEMENT PERIOD) whether or not to close Center will be readdressed. Center is already having issues. They are cutting out 4th year Spanish, (a major my daughter is strongly considering for college, and have so few classes that students have a hard time filling their graduation requirements. It has yet to be determined if AP science will be offered next year. Remember also that Center was basically created to please the wealthy and politically connected neighborhoods Queen Anne and Magnolia and so their kiddies would not have to go to school with black children. Those neighborhoods will now go to Ballard which is what they wanted all along so they will not be backing Center like they always have before.
I just want to get my daughter into another school for her senior year. Ballard is of course the obvious choice since we live very close but Roosevelt will work. Garfield, Hale and Ingram will be a two bus ride but they would also work, with Garfield being the easiest transfer and shortest trip. I can get no answers at all from anyone, at any school or at the enrollment office. I have written to my district board rep and to the superintendent and gotten no answer at all. I did speak with a counselor at Ballard who was able to tell me that Ballard and the other schools I mentioned should be able to get my daughter into the classes she needs. I give her credit because that is a lot more than I got from the counselor at Center.
Everyone is scrambling and no one has answers and they are all concerned primarily with their jobs. I don’t have an issue with that of course. Jobs are important and teachers are workers like the rest of us. No one really has any idea what will happen next year at SPS. Will North Beach and Blue Ridge file a law suit? Likely. Will the levy pass? Maybe. Yeah Seattle votes for levies but remember that Massachusetts also votes for democrats and not playgirl centerfolds right? This segregation thing may throw a wrench into everything too.
This is a mess.