Parents camp out for kid's education

Parents camp out for kid's education

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Dozens of parents are waking up in the cold Thursday morning after camping out, hoping to get their child enrolled in one of Cincinnati's coveted magnet schools.

It's going to be a long wait in line at Fairview-Clifton German Language School, though, where registration doesn't begin until November 19. Parents must apply to have their children enrolled, but currently it's done on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Cincinnati Public Schools have 21 magnet elementary schools, schools that specialize in a specialize in a specific academic category, arts, science and math, language or teaching style.

The magnet schools are considered the best in the district.

Camping out has become a yearly-occurrence, but not without controversy.

“The only fair way that I can think of is for there to just be a lottery, just a simple lottery for anyone who wants to get their kids into these schools,” said Mack Hagood, who is camping out with the hopes of getting his son into kindergarten.

Campers say the current system makes it impossible for those with rigid work schedules to get their children into the school.

The district has discouraged the process in the past and is considering changes in the future.

FOX19 NOW reached out to district officials, but we have not heard back.

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