Parents camp out to get students enrolled in magnet schools

By Meghan Mongillo – bio | email
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Open enrollment for magnet schools at Cincinnati Public doesn't start until Wednesday, but some parents are already camped out to ensure their child gets in.
The camp out began Sunday night, and will continue until Wednesday, Nov. 18 when the regular application process begins.
School leaders had said they don't want parents to camp out, even claming they wouldn't let them do it on school property. But that didn't stop about 50 parents from sleeping outside Fairview German Language School in Clifton for around 60 open spots.
At the beginning of November, the enrollment period for special groups opened, which was the first of the sign-ups, and no one had to camp out for that.

But this week, parents are camping out because enrollment is open to anyone at any of the seven citywide magnet schools. About a quarter of the 33,000 students in the CPS district attend magnet school programs, which outperform traditional schools on standardized tests.

CPS' Website says parents are encouraged to apply early, and students are accepted into magnet elementary schools on a first come basis.
Parents who are camping out say they are doing so because they value their child's education.
"We just thought this was the choice for us," said parent Cliff Shrive. "For me personally, my grandmother went to Fairview German Language it's sort of a family tradition for us, and we just decided we would do whatever it takes."

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