CEC Resolution on Controlled Choice

Dear EVCS families,

I want to thank everyone who came to one (or both!) of our open forum meetings yesterday to discuss the Community Education Council (CEC) resolution on controlled choice. At both the morning and evening meetings there was honest, open and principled discourse, and I left yesterday feeling energized by our community’s enthusiasm for engaging with this important issue.

The next step in our school’s process is for folks to take a short survey, so we can better understand where our school community stands on this particular resolution, and on the concept and principles of controlled choice in general. The survey was developed collaboratively by members of the Diversity Committee and the School Leadership Team and will be used by our Parent Association and SLT to inform our next steps. The survey is 100% anonymous. Please click here to go to the survey.

Also worth noting is that on this very day a long time ago – February 3, 1964 – students, parents, educators and political leaders across New York City staged what was the largest civil rights protest in US history, against school segregation. It’s poignant that 52 years later we are still grappling with the same issue. Read/listen about the 1964 NYC school boycott here.

The survey will remain open until Monday evening, February 8. More information regarding our school’s position on the resolution and our next steps will follow soon. Thanks again for your participation.

As ever,

Bradley

District 1’s Community Education Council (CEC 1) recently approached the EVCS School Leadership Team (SLT) and Parents Association (PA) about reviewing and supporting a resolution that proposes to address inequity among District 1 elementary schools through a model called “Controlled Choice” (please go to https://goo.gl/9Tlcj8 to review the proposed resolution; to learn more about CEC 1, you can go to their website at https://cecd1.org/).

Controlled Choice is a student admissions model that seeks to promote the integration of students from diverse backgrounds. In a Controlled Choice admissions model, school admissions lotteries would continue to enable families to choose their top preferences for schools, however, an algorithm would be applied to the lotteries that includes seat assignments and weights to ensure that each school is able to meet diversity and other District-wide goals for enrollment. To learn more about the Controlled Choice Admissions Model, please go to https://goo.gl/IDGMVS.

District 1’s demographics and enrollment data are also available at https://goo.gl/pfR6NN.

The following is a brief survey prepared by the EVCS SLT and PA that seeks to better understand EVCS parents’ attitudes towards CEC 1’s resolution. All responses are anonymous.

We thank you in advance for taking a few minutes to respond to our survey.