Founding Parents privilege

Source: LA Weekly, Oct 2011

Anyone who’s seen the documentary Waiting for Superman will be familiar with the admissions process at a charter school. By law, if a school has more applicants than spaces, it must hold a public lottery. But often there is a side door.

All applicants must participate in the lottery. But federal guidelines allow a handful of lottery “preferences,” which serve as a sort of VIP entrance. One is for siblings. If an older sibling is already enrolled, the younger child can get in automatically. Another preference is for children of school staff. Yet another is for founding parents.

The preference exists so that parents who go to the trouble of creating a charter school can be assured that their kids will be able to attend. The only restriction is an unwritten rule limiting founders to 10 percent of the school’s total enrollment.

Related Readings: 

  1. LA Weekly, Nov 2011
  2. LA Times, Dec 2011

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