Hey! Enroll Indy, we’ve got questions.

We need to know what the process really is.

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So I was perusing Facebook, and I came across this article on the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation website about school reform and the resulting need for school enrollment reform:  https://www.msdf.org/blog/2017/04/enrollment-reforms-created-equal/

In this article, it notes that “unified enrollment” systems such as Denver, DC, and New Orleans simplify the problems of school choice by offering families just one choice after applying a complicated matching algorithm.

We say, this is a problem in itself.

If we are going to have school choice, then we need choices.  If I am choosing, it is because I am being offered several options, not just one.

Besides, shouldn’t it be my choice, as the parent?  Or is it truly to be left up to a computer program?

Indianapolis parents deserve to know how this is going to play out.  Can we get a demo, a response, an explanation?

Credit to Mary Ann Schlegel Ruegger for inspiring this post.

Comments are open, if anyone can enlighten us on the intricacies of unified enrollment.

 

A MUST READ! Think National, Fight Local: The Story of Indianapolis and the DPE (Destroy Public Education) Movement

This is a piece that myself, Jim Scheurich (IUPUI Professor) and Nate Williams (Knox College Professor) wrote for Diane Ravitch’s blog: https://dianeravitch.net/.   Please share, and let us know what is happening in your area if you are reading from outside Indianapolis.

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This very important post was written for this blog by Jim Scheurich on behalf of himself, Gayle Cosby, and Nathanial Williams, who are identified in the text. They are experienced in the school politics of Indianapolis, a city whose school system is being systematically dismantled and privatized. They have been active in the fight against what they call the DPE (Destroy Public Education) model in their city. Their experience and insights are extremely informative, especially their recognition that the DPE movement is not limited to Indianapolis; it has gone national. Indianapolis is only one of its targets. The business community, civic leaders, political leaders, DFER, the Mind Trust, and Stand for Children have joined together to Destroy Public Education. As they attack democratic institutions, they falsely claim that “it is all about the kids” and they claim they are advancing civil rights. Instead, it is about money and power and…

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