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by Midtown mom, Midtown,
on Mar 4, 2010
Ohlone lottery results became available. There were 7 applicants per each spot. We live a block away from school, but we did not win. It is a lottery and how close you live to school does not matter. But I think it should! I will now have to drive my child to the elementary school, while we could have walked to Ohlone. And those parents who won the lottery but live far from it will need to drive their kids to school. I believe that the lottery system to choice schools needs to change to allow neighborhood kids who can walk to school preference, and only after tapping into local pool open it up for others. If my child was given a spot in Ohlone there would be no incremental driving, we would just walk to school, while now that we didn't win - there will potentially be two incremental trips - for me to drive my child to our assigned elementary school (which is 5 times farther than Ohlone) and for the family that won that spot to drive their child to Ohlone. Now how does that make sense?
I am not offering to change Ohlone into neighborhood school, I still think that parents applying to Ohlone must believe in Ohlone's method, but I am proposing that neighborhood kids do get preference due to enviromental impact.