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Dozens of parents concerned about the CUSD's school of choice policy showed solidarity by wearing red shirts at the Feb. 25 board meeting. Photo: Allison Jarrell
Dozens of parents concerned about the CUSD’s school of choice policy showed solidarity by wearing red shirts at the Feb. 25 board meeting. Photo: Allison Jarrell

By Allison Jarrell

The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees passed a new school of choice policy at their Feb. 25 meeting, which will only apply to the 2015-16 school year.

Dozens of worried parents attended the meeting to speak about topics including the issue of splitting up siblings, giving teachers’ kids priority to attend the same school, guaranteeing students in the immersion programs can complete their courses, and prioritizing students living in Community Facilities Districts.

Superintendent Kirsten Vital began the meeting by saying there isn’t a “perfect solution,” and the district is at a “tipping point” with under-enrolled and over-enrolled schools.

Under the new policy, new families coming into the district after next year will not be guaranteed sibling priority, employees will get priority for their kids at schools that aren’t full, and students living in CFDs will have first priority overall.

The policy was approved by a 6-1 vote, with board member John Alpay dissenting.

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