Celebrate National School Choice Week, enroll at C-A

FLINT TWP. — Millions of Americans will celebrate the importance of having a choice in K-12 education during National School Choice Week (NSCW), January 24-30.

With an unprecedented 16,140 events planned nationwide, it will be the largest series of education-related events in US history, according to a press release from Florida-based NSCW.

Events including open houses, rallies, community celebrations, roundtable discussions, and house parties, are being independently planned by schools, organizations, and individuals and designed to raise awareness of the K-12 education options available to families. Nationwide, these options include traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, online academies, private schools, and homeschooling.

Michiganders are planning 398 NSCW events.

Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools currently is accepting applications through the Limited State Schools of Choice program for the second semester of the 2015-2016 school year, said Superintendent of Schools Steve Tunnicliff. The two-week enrollment period will allow a limited number of non-resident children to attend Carman-Ainsworth Schools beginning February 1.

“If you do not live in the Carman- Ainsworth School District but wish to have your child(ren) attend our schools, you must apply through the State Schools of Choice Program,” Tunnicliff said.

Students accepted under the Schools of Choice Program are allowed to stay in the nonresident district until graduation. Student transportation must be provided by the parent/guardian.

Parents of children currently attending Carman- Ainsworth who have recently moved and no longer live in the district, may be able to complete this school year in CA but must apply through this State Choice Program for the student to continue attending in the Fall of 2016.

Time is running out. Applications will be available through January 22 on the district website at www.carman.k12. mi.us and at the Carman- Ainsworth Administration Building, G-3475 W Court St (at the corner of West Court and Graham.

Students must provide acceptable behavior records for the last two years.

The “limited” version of the state plan allows the school district to designate open seats by building and grade. C-A currently has limited openings in all grade levels at Carman Park Baker Career Academy, CA High School, CA Middle School and Dye

Elementary. There are limited openings at Dillon in 1st – 3rd grades; at Randels in 1st – 5th grades; and at Rankin in 2nd and 3rd grades.

Students who pass the behavior review will be distributed among buildings and grades requested, as determined by staffing limits. If too many applications are received, eligible students will be selected via a lottery drawing.

Parents will receive a notification letter about the application outcome. Students must finish the first semester at their current school but will need to register as soon as possible at the approved Carman-Ainsworth school in time to begin the second semester. All students must be registered and in attendance by February 5 to qualify for this program.

Questions about this process should be directed to 810-591-3206 or 810-591- 3700. — Rhonda Sanders

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