Tonight (Monday), the Fairfax County School Board is set to discuss a proposal that would change how local school boundaries are adjusted.
The draft policy on the table would look at a new set of criteria for establishing school boundaries. They include:
- “socioeconomic and/or racial composition of students in affected schools”
- “the safety of walking and busing routes”
- “operational efficiency”
“When boundary changes are being considered by the School Board, the changes shall not be restricted by the boundaries of individual schools, administrative areas, zip codes, or magisterial district,” according to the draft.
Some critics of the proposal pointed to the removal of criteria — such as “instructional effectiveness”– for boundary change considerations as a possible threat to property owners.
The meeting is set to start at 5 p.m. tonight at 8115 Gatehouse Road, Room 1600 with the redistricting proposal slated for 6 p.m. on the agenda.
The board is then slated to approve the draft in September ahead of its incorporation in the Capital Improvement Program draft in December.
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