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Parents 'get on the bus' to protest school lotto system

Parents camp in from of the Fairview-Clifton German Language School in 2014. (FOX19 NOW) Parents camp in from of the Fairview-Clifton German Language School in 2014. (FOX19 NOW)
CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

Parents will board a school bus Monday evening to protest the shake-up of Cincinnati Public School’s enrollment process.

Under the new process, parents looking to enroll their child at a coveted magnet elementary school must enter an online lottery system. The new policy put an end to parents camping out in hopes of securing a first come, first serve spot.

“Regrettably, the change was adopted with no public input, no plan for implementation, and no effort to provide pro-active, advanced notice to the public of the sweeping change that was to be adopted by the School Board,” read a release from the group ‘Cincinnatians for School Access.’

The group is asking school officials to suspend the new plan for a year or find a new compromise. They will ride the school bus to CPS headquarters Monday and hold a press conference at 6:30 p.m. before the scheduled board meeting.

Not all parents are unsatisfied with the new lotto system.

The controversial “first-come” system left many parents camping on the front lawn of magnet schools for weeks ahead of the mid-November application deadline. Many called the campouts unfair for parents whose work and family obligations kept them from participating. 

‘Cincinnatians for School Access’ will also ask board members to retain a third-party group to ensure transparency in future school changes. 

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