CPS testing limited lottery program magnet school registration

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Public School families who are interested in the magnet schools the city has to offer often find themselves camping out for days to get their child in.  Now CPS is testing out a system that would allow certain families whose children would otherwise attend lower performing schools to try for a magnet school spot via a lottery.

CPS spokeswoman Chris Wolff tells Fox 19 that the board of education considered going to a completely lottery-based system to avoid the several-day-long campouts that crop up every fall.  But, Wolff says, they heard from "parent after parent who didn't want that."

But some have argued the point that lower income families may not be as able to take that kind of time off work, and so have been at a disadvantage when it comes to getting into the highly desirable magnet schools.  This "limited kindergarten lottery" may be a way to address that.

In order to qualify for the lottery, families must live in the attendance boundaries for one of the following schools: Pleasant Hill Academy, Pleasant Ridge Montessori, Quebec Heights School, or Westwood School, and have a child entering Kindergarten in 2012.

The lottery will run on the CPS website from October 15-22.

Regular magnet school registration is November 16.

Families can attend the Magnet School Showcase on Thursday September 22 from 4-7 at the CPS headquarters to meet representatives from all the district's magnet schools.

For more information log on to www.cps-k12.org

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